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The Brazilian coach is under intense pressure to keep his job next season after the champions fell eight points off the pace in Serie A on Saturday evening after losing in Parma

Inter coach Leonardo remains confident that his ailing side can get back to winning ways, following the disappointing 2-0 loss to Parma at the Ennio Tardini on Saturday.

"The condition of my players is more important than aiming for the title right now," said Leonardo after the final whistle had blown.

"Yes, we need points, being eight points behind is a lot to catch up on, but the [bigger] problem is our condition, and we must recover as soon as possible.

"At Parma, the commitment wasn't there, and then we faced the hard work of the opposition, it was increasingly difficult. The match had begun in a hurry, but we simply lacked the gas."

The defeat meant that Inter have now lost four of their last five matches, seeing them leave the Champions League quarter-final stage with a whimper, and are seemingly out of the title race, with Milan capitalising fully on their erratic form and Napoli yet to play this weekend.

However, the Brazilian coach sent out a rallying cry to his team, saying: "We need to recover our mental energy," he said. "We are calm, and we have suffered heavy defeats. We must polish our game that will allow us to generate points.

"The objective has always been to try to win and it does not change. We must win our remaining league and cup games, going as high as possible [in the table] and try to hit more targets this season. Firstly, however, we must stop this losing streak."

Questions were raised over Leonardo's team selection, with two of his most trusted lieutenants in Maicon and Thiago Motta missing from the starting line-up. He responded in typically analytical fashion.

"Why did not I pick Maicon and Thiago Motta? I only choose players in the best mental and physical state."

Inter are currently third in Serie A, with 61 points to their name and five matches to go. They will seek to put their trials and tribulations behind them on Tuesday night, when they face Roma in a massive Coppa Italia semi-final clash.

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