Moratti delighted with Leonardo impact
Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti always believed Leonardo would be a good fit for his club, but admits the Brazilian coach has surpassed expectations during his time in charge.
The latest success for Leonardo, who replaced Rafael Benitez at the helm in January, was yesterday's 1-0 win over Lecce which cut AC Milan's lead at the top of Serie A to just two points. Milan lost 1-0 at Palermo on Saturday.
The Nerazzuri have won 12 of their 15 Serie A matches under Leonardo, who coached AC Milan last season and returned home to Brazil before taking over at Inter. The team have also reached the last eight of the UEFA Champions League and the semi-finals of the Coppa Italia.
Inter, who were 13 points adrift of AC Milan when Benitez was dismissed, face their city rivals on 3 April. Victory in the derby would see Inter leapfrog Milan at the top of the table.
"We are where we want to be but even a win in the derby will only give us a one-point advantage," Leonardo said. "The derby will not decide the league title. There will be 21 points still up for grabs after the derby.
"However, it is obvious the motivation will be big because we arrive at the derby in the best possible way."