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Milan's Leonardo Meets The Press

Posted by Kevin Walker Friday, August 28, 2021

Passione - On the eve of the derby and after the draw for the Champions League, Leonardo was delivered today to the traditional press conference before the weekend matchday:

About the draw for the Champions League Group stage: "This will be of great emotions, especially the meeting with Real Madrid in the Champions League. We will play against a team that spent much, but we must not lose sight of the other two teams, namely Marseille is evolving and is a team that makes beautiful things in the Champions League, then FC Zurich is that we know ... For now it's better to think of the derby. "

About the derby: "It's a derby, which happens very early, I think this is the first time he played during the second day. The concentration does not change, because it's an important moment. This game when it happens it happens and from the can continue with good melody. The journey we have made so far gives us confidence for this game. There have been many developments in recent days. We compete against a team who won for the last 4 years. For that it is impossible to have no motivation. The victory is the consequences of so many things. We are changing and it shows on the field. I think the way we behave, we can obtain good results. And it is on this that we must build. "

About the formation of the Inter: "Maybe that Inter has more certainty, they have had years of supremacy, or they have dominated the championship. There were physical force base. Regarding us, we just slowed down in recent years in Italy and now we try again with a new type of game If you think a favorite is normal to think about Inter. I do not think it is a derby poorer because the Derby is the Derby even without Kaka and Ibra will be a great game. The thing that concerns me most today is the module that they will use. They have very many possibilities to put the players as they want. It is an unpredictable team. With Zanetti, Santon, Stankovic, Balotelli, basically all the players can have a different role. From our side I do not think our area is the low side. Our game was beginning to be offensive with 3 forwards and 3 midfield. Then things changed for various reasons and we returned to our module, which is our trademark. We must rely on ourselves and our mechanisms. When Milan and Inter clash anything can happen. I do not know how they play, they have so many options. And Mourinho also changes a lot during games. They have so many alternatives and it is important to know they can use. "

"If I say I have not thought about that tomorrow night we could have 5 points, I tell a lie. It is still early to tell. Continuity is very important in Italy's match tomorrow is just one step in a long journey. I must say that in football today it has also become important to win when playing badly. Inter are changing skin, especially through Ibrahimovic helped them last year to bring forward a lot of balloons. Now they are changing in this way. By cons I think that Milan has always been the team with the mentality elegant, with the possibility to run the ball and it must always remain our philosophy. "

About the coaching profession: "The hardest part is when we must make choices, especially when you see the application for everyone. The most important things is having good response from the players. What I am trying to do is to have stability and fairness in reporting, although I know they do not always understand me. The report sincere and direct I find essential. Organization, attention and concentration are the characteristics I want to see as cons Siena. It was a positive match. Now we play at home to our audience and there must be something more. The period of the transfer window is closed. Now it is time player. I would also say that I still have doubts. At any time of day I try to understand my interlocutors. There are still 90% security and 10% of doubts. It is also a way to evolve. "

Before concluding, Leonardo wanted to talk about some specific player, Ronaldinho, Flamini and Huntelaar:

"Ronaldinho has participated in all training this week. Not only him but the whole team. Whether the physical level as well as tactical training.

Huntelaar could not play at Siena because of a suspension. He is a player with an important technique and with intelligence. He has power and incredible accuracy. He is very strong penalty area.

Flamini has played as a fullback and he can do it again. He has the physical and athletic characteristics that allow it to do. Today he's fine, it was a great preparation and a very good game to Siena, I'm happy. "

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