Serie A - Leonardo braced for derby emotions

Fri, 01 Apr 16:55:00 2011

Internazionale coach Leonardo will have plenty of emotions when he faces former team Milan for the first time.

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The former Brazil international is desperate for success at Inter, but is equally determined not to become the centre of attention in the derby.

"To say that this is my game is an exaggeration," Leonardo said.

"It will not be my game because I don't feel as though I have to prove anything.

"I am just happy to live through this experience."

Leonardo spent many years as a player for the Rossoneri and coached the team in the last campaign before leaving to return to Brazil.

Inter sacked Rafael Benitez in January and shocked many people as they turned to Leonardo as his replacement.

"I would not change anything from the past, if I had to do everything again, I would," Leonardo said.

"I will feel emotions because I cannot forget what I have experienced in the past, but I will keep them to myself."

Leonardo does not believe the derby will be decisive in the title race, but a defeat would leave Inter five points behind their rivals.

"The derby gives you energy," Leonardo said. "But it is worth three points like any other game and hence, it's not crucial.

"There would still be 21 points up for grabs after this game and with Napoli and Udinese flying high in the standings, this match is not crucial for the Scudetto."

Since taking over, Leonardo has presided over 12 wins in 15 Serie A games.


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