Leonardo: "Bari are in a false league position"


The Nerazzurri coach's comments at the press conference on the eve of Bari v Inter

APPIANO GENTILE - "We need to stay fully focused going into tomorrow's match against Bari. We'd be making a mistake if we looked at the league table because Bari have picked up less than they deserve. They have also brought new players in so they'll be extra motivated." Those were Leonardo's opening words at the press conference on the eve of the Serie A 2010/11 Week 23 game between Bari and Inter.

"This is a huge match for them down in Bari," continued the Inter coach, and we have to approach it the right way. And we will: we're thinking first and foremost about tomorrow's game. We've come off the back of eight games in a month and it's taken a bit out of us, but we'll cope. Cambiasso? It's nothing serious. He's in the squad and we'll see how he is tomorrow. Sneijder? He's available too but he's just spent a month and a half on the sidelines. We'll take a look at him tomorrow and then decide, also depending on the fitness of others."

Leonardo was asked how it was possible not to look at the league table: "We do look at the table," he replied, but it's not something we spend too much time worrying about. There are still too many games left to play, and we've all seen how difficult it is to win matches, both for us and for the others. All that matters to us is that we're back up there with a fighting chance. We'll see how things go. We are trying to find the right balance needed to win. The battle with AC Milan? It's not a two-horse race. There are lots of teams in it."

The Nerazzurri coach, who knows Japan very well, was asked about Yuto Nagatomo: "In football terms they've come a long way in Japan. I left 15 years ago - I was there from 1994 to 1996 - but I've always kept an eye on Japanese football since then. They won the Asian Cup and did it by playing very well. Nagatomo is ready to play his part. He's come on very quickly. He's here with us now and he's here on merit. I'm very pleased for him and I think it's no less than Japanese football deserves. Zaccheroni? We've spoken lots of times, before Nagatomo too. He used to be my coach and when he took on the role as Japan coach I felt part of it in some small way. We've also spoken about Nagatomo, of course, and he was full of praise for him."

Finally, there was a comment on the transfer window in general: "We found what we were looking for, in the right quantity and by doing things the right way. We did a really great job."

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