Leonardo: “It’s only a defeat, no big deal”

Inter Coach Leonardo saw his team crash to their first defeat in his reign against Udinese at the Stadio Friuli on Sunday. The Nerazzurri lost 3-1 in a dominant display by the side from Friulani but the Brazilian called for calm.
Leonardo spoke after the game and emphasised that this was not a time to panic. As far as he was concerned defeats occur in football and after Inter’s superb recent form that this was no more than unfortunate.
“In football you lose games; it’s no big deal. It won’t change the way we see things and it won’t change the way I see the team. Full credit to the opposition – they are capable of hurting any team, Udinese played very well – both as individuals and as a team”
The Brazilian tactician was not too concerned about the goals Inter have conceded especially through set-pieces since he took over saying that these were lucky in many circumstances.
“We got off to a great start, taking the lead at a stadium like this and against a team like Udinese was no mean feat, so I don’t think it was a case of us making mistakes or losing our concentration.
“However, I must say that hardly any of the goals we’ve conceded from set pieces have been because we were caught out by the opposition; most have been because of a lucky deflection or rebound”

Leonardo did hint that Inter maybe on the look out for reinforcements, with Diego Milito injured once again the team looked short of ideas on Sunday: “Do we need to buy a striker? We’ll see. If the opportunity arises for us to bring in a player who can fit in well here, then maybe; otherwise no.”
Inter will be in action once more on Wednesday night as they travel to the San Paolo to take on Napoli in their quarterfinal Coppa Italia clash.

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