Leonardo: "We're in a battle and we'll fight"


"The defeat in Udine isn't decisive for the Scudetto. We're up there in the pack and that's where we'll stay"

APPIANO GENTILE - "I think the hardest thing is maintaining consistency, and that's something Inter have been able to do very well in recent years. Consistency is the hardest thing and it's the quality you need most. It's ok to lose every now and then but it's important you know how to handle them, because they happen - it's inevitable in sport. And they aren't necessarily decisive in a league campaign; losing in Udine wasn't decisive. What was important, as I've said, was getting off to a good start after Christmas so that we could be up there fighting it out with the rest of the pack. That's what we're doing. And you'll see that in the long run all the other teams will lose games too." The setback in Udine clearly hasn't wavered Leonardo's belief in his work and in his team, who are determined to keep fighting to win the league.

The coach then spoke about some of the players currently on the sidelines or close to making a comeback: "Coutinho is doing everything with the rest of the team now and is available again. He already offers us a lot and there's plenty of room for improvement. He will become a very good player indeed. Milito has had some injuries and now this minor setback - it's a muscle problem again - but he'll be back. He'll get fit again and play lots of games. I wouldn't say Pandev is struggling; for a long time he played in a different role where he was able to give the best of himself. Now the team is playing a different way and he has to reconvert to playing as a striker and focus on scoring goals, after becoming accustomed to working hard for the team and contributing to its success - which included scoring a goal in the Club World Cup. Now he's being asked to do something different and he needs time to adapt."

The Nerazzurri coach also spoke of the "positive signs" coming from the treatment room: "Wesley is nearing a return, Julio Cesar is coming back, I've already said that Milito's problem isn't serious. So I'm very optimistic. And let's not forget about what all the other fit players are doing already: playing lots of games and playing them well."

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