Leonardo: "Winning is a good habit to keep up"


Read the statements made by the Nerazzurri coach in his press conference on the eve of the Catania match

APPIANO GENTILE - "If you look at what he has achieved over the years, including this season, nobody can deny that Samuel Eto'o is one of the best players in the world. This season, for the number of goals he's scored, while playing in various positions, he's got his just reward. He has had a tremendous season." That was how Leonardo opened his press conference on the eve of Inter v Catania, answering a question about Eto'o, who will make his 100th appearance in a Nerazzurri shirt tomorrow.

"We have to approach tomorrow's match in the right frame of mind," continued Leonardo. "We must maintain our focus and the level we're playing at. We're on an upwards curve and we have to keep that up as we head into our last game of the season. Playing well always has positive consequences, and that's why we want to win tomorrow. The game will also be useful to figure out the line-up for next Sunday. Besides, ending our last match of the season at the Meazza on a high can only be good for us."

The coach was asked for details on some of the players not included in tomorrow's match-day squad: "Cambiasso had a problem in training this morning and we'll have to look at him over the next few days and see how serious the injury is. Julio Cesar has had some back pain for the last two or three days and he's not able to play at the moment. Sneijder hasn't recovered fully yet. Maicon isn't in the squad because unfortunately he's suspended for the cup final and we need to assess the players who could be involved in that match."

One of the players named by Leonardo in the squad for tomorrow's game, and not for the first time, is Marco Davide Faraoni: "I like the boy. Full-back isn't an easy position to play in, but if you can find someone for that role from within your own youth ranks it's great."

Naturally there were some questions about the transfer market, with Leonardo asked for his opinion on Robben, Tevez and Sanchez: "They are different players but they all play in attack and could all do so anywhere. Robben is already firmly established, as is Tevez, while Sanchez is ready to take his game up to the next level. He's an exceptional prospect."

On the subject of transfers, Leonardo was asked if he is preparing a "surprise" for Inter. He replied: "I'm a coach; that's what I do, I coach players. I'm in tune with Branca and Ausilio regarding the transfer market, and of course with president Moratti, who makes the final choices, but I'm first and foremost a coach. If I can contribute in anyway, I'm here to help."

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