Leonardo pleased with Inter reaction

Inter Coach Leonardo was delighted with the spirit exhibited by his team to triumph against Napoli at the San Paolo on penalties to qualify for the semi-finals of the Coppa Italia.
The Brazilian was pleased to recover from Sunday’s 3-1 defeat against Udinese and set up a last four clash against either Juventus or Roma who will partake in the last quarterfinal tomorrow night.
“I am very satisfied with the performance of my team, on several occasions they coped with being on the back foot. I think our win on penalties is highly deserved.”
The Azzurri enjoyed the better chances in the game with Edison Cavani coming close on a couple of occasions and a Marek Hamsik effort getting cleared off the line and Leonardo admitted to his side’s difficulties.
“I saw a very even game: at certain points Napoli tried to win the game as they were playing at home. It’s true, at one point we were struggling in the middle of the field but I didn’t see a big difference between the sides.”
The 0-0 draw during the 120 minutes meant that Inter kept their first clean sheet under Leonardo after shipping 10 goals in their last six games and the Brazilian was quite pleased to have secured it.
“We noticed it too, Castellazzi is doing very well. We must keep in mind that the side is adapting to the change in coaching and this has a bearing on performances. Despite this, today the team gave a strong message to all of us.”
At the end of the press conference, Leonardo was asked about Inter’s plans for the transfer market with the club hierarchy confirming that signing a backup striker was high on the agenda for the Nerazzurri.
“We shall see what happens and I shall repeat what I said previously: if we can add a player it will be an improvement, but today we demonstrated that this team already has a great spirit.”
Inter will be in action next against Palermo at the San Siro on Sunday afternoon. They currently sit in fifth place in Serie A with 35 points, nine behind leaders and city rivals Milan.

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