Leonardo: "Inter and the joy of playing football"


"Let's go on as we have been: there are lots of games to go and the league table is still hypothetical"

APPIANO GENTILE - During his press conference on the eve of the game against Cesena, the Nerazzurri coach was asked to comment on the points dropped by AC Milan when drawing with Lecce: "There are lots of games in a league campaign and a team can play well one Sunday and not so well the next. It's part of the game and it can happen to any team. It's happened to Inter and it's happened to other teams too. It's hard to analyse things after a single game; it's a question of who can stay in form for the longest. Anyway, we're just concentrating on doing our own job, also because the hypothetical league table people talk about is just that at the moment: hypothetical. We'll worry about playing our own game and on keeping up what we've been doing. You win things by playing your own games, not by looking at others'. I'm only thinking about Inter, about what we're doing now and what we have to do tomorrow."

Dejan Stankovic goes into the Cesena game one booking away from suspension but Leonardo doesn't see it as being an issue: "I think it's difficult to try and do things based on the number of cards a player has. I believe the players must be free even when they are close to a ban - they must be free to do their usual things."

The coach also gave an update on the injury situation: "Coutinho isn't available yet but he's training with the rest of the group. Sneijder still needs a bit of time; he's doing some running and light training. We'll have to see how the recovery goes before we can put a date on it. Samuel and Suazo are out long term. Julio Cesar is recovering well and then he'll need some time to get back to match fitness."

Leonardo was then asked which player Samuel Eto'o reminded him of. "If I say George Weah it might seem banal because they are the best two African players in footballing history. But they are similar. I think George was one of the most talented individuals there has ever been: his on-the-ball skill, his running... He's a player I greatly admired and I think Eto'o is a bit like George, although Weah could have been a midfielder too whereas Eto'o is an out-and-out striker who will always get you loads of goals in a season."

And word of warning to anyone who thinks Cesena might be underestimated: "I don't think this team approaches games differently depending on their importance; if they did, they wouldn't have won so much for so many years. The team has the desire to do well, to work hard, to compete but also to enjoy playing their football. Mind you, that's not always easy, especially in Italy, where all the teams are so well organised tactically. Italy is the country of tactics and it's where football is studied. It's never easy."

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