Mourinho: "Focused on Lecce"


"They'll want to win and so do we. It will be an open match from start to finish tomorrow"

APPIANO GENTILE - Trips down south are never easy in the Italian championship, but José Mourinho believes he has the right recipe for success at the Stadio Via del Mare.

"I have played at many grounds and my mentality has never changed; I prepare matches to win them," said the Inter coach in Friday lunchtime's news conference ahead of Saturday's clash against Lecce.

"The best method to play each match is to do it without too much pressure or too much tranquillity. You can't play football without a minimum of tension.

"It will be a very nice match if Beretta doesn't settle for a draw. They'll want to win and so do we. It will be an open match from the first minute to the last.

"Their coach has quality and he has had the faith of his club at a difficult time but he has done well to repay it by getting victories."

Mario Balotelli is back on the team sheet for a competitive fixture and Mourinho explained why: "Objectively there are three ways a player can work with me: not do what I want him to do, do something because I ask him to do it, or do it without me asking him to.

"Mario is at the second stage right now, he's doing what I want because I ask him to do it. It will be perfect if he can get to stage three, he will be the player you all say he can be. But at this moment I'm happy he's past the first stage."

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