Inter's Leonardo: Reaching Coppa Italia final is a great achievement

The Brazilian tactician is delighted his side have reached the domestic cup final as the club look to end an indifferent season on a high note after ousting Roma in the semis
Inter coach Leonardo believes reaching the Coppa Italia final is a great achievement for the side after an injury-plagued campaign.

The reigning Italian cup holders drew 1-1 with Roma at San Siro on Wednesday evening following their 1-0 victory in the first-leg to reach the showcase event.

Leonardo's men will now face Palermo in the final on May 29 with the coach wishing to end a tough season on a high.

"This team have ended the season very well by reaching the Coppa Italia final. This year we were penalised by injuries but the team always gave their best. The team did well to get past a semi-final opponent like Roma who are tough to play," the Brazilian told Italian media after the game.

The coach also took time to make a joke about reporters' suggestions that the club were defensive-minded versus Roma, as the 41-year-old has often been criticised for Inter's troubles at the back this season.

"Now they say I think defensively... But I joke, because I am Brazilian and I always think about attack," he added.

Last season's Serie A champions lost their title to rivals AC Milan last weekend but Leonardo states he is happy to be at the club.
"I don't have regrets. The rapport with [president Massimo] Moratti is still perfect, even after my difficult decision to come here from Milan," he concluded.

Inter return to Serie A action at the weekend where they face a tricky away fixture against Napoli, knowing a point would wrap up second place in the league.

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