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Leonardo declares open season

Inter Milan manager Leonardo has declared the treble-winning champions are aiming to ‘win everything’ again this season.

Inter, who won the Italian league and cup double and the Champions League under Jose Mourinho last term, trail city rivals AC Milan by five points in Serie A ahead of their clash with Cagliari on Saturday.

They then switch focus to Europe and host Bayern Munich in the first leg of their Champions League tie on Wednesday.

Leonardo, speaking at the San Siro on Friday, said the Italian giants are prepared to repeat their glorious successes of the previous season.

“We are thinking about winning everything, we take to the field every match with the desire to win,” Leonardo said.

“It’s impossible to think about winning just one specific thing, there’s too much to aim for. There is no choice, we have a lot of commitments and we are moving forward.”

“We are returning to the Champions League and this gives us a positive charge, it’s not a problem. This team has shown continuity, I am not concerned.”

Leonardo also revealed Inter would be without midfielder Wesley Sneijder and defender Lucio for the clash with Cagliari as the pair continue to recover from injury.

Sneijder limped off with a minor leg injury during the second half of Inter’s trip to Fiorentina on Wednesday, while Lucio is still hampered by a thigh strain.

“Sneijder hasn’t played for 50 days. As soon as he got back, he has played four difficult matches and of course there is also this situation to deal with,” Leonardo said.

“Lucio won’t be playing, since we should stick to his recovery time. He is willing to play, but I think he is conscious of the fact that it is important to wait some more days in order to fully recover and stick to the recovery time which is suitable for his injury. “

“(Cagliari) have recently achieved good results, but they have always shown an offensive way of playing.”

“They have changed some forward players, but they are able to keep an important balance. I think it’s going to be an open match. Of course there will be some changes, but I expect a good match. “

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