Leonardo wary of Bayern response

Inter Milan manager Leonardo believes revenge will be on Bayern Munich’s mind when his side meet the Bundesliga champions on Wednesday.

Inter were crowned European champions after overcoming Bayern in the Champions League final in May last year.

The sides resume hostilities at the San Siro on Wednesday for the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie.

“That will still be playing on their minds,” said Leonardo, referring to the Madrid final.

“It will still be fresh in the Bayern players’ memory that Inter ended years of Champions League frustration by winning it when they beat them. A lot of things have changed since then but the past will always be there.”

Leonardo has enjoyed a promising start to his tenure at the San Siro, overseeing 10 wins from 12 matches since taking over from Rafael Benitez.

Aggressive football has proven to be a recipe for success for Leonardo’s men, and the Brazilian says his side will not alter that style whether playing at home or away.

“I don’t believe that our style of play will alter dramatically between the home match and the away clash but of course we respect our opponents and we will have a good look at them beforehand,” he said.

“In theory, at home in the second leg Bayern will have a better chance to turn the tie around or to retain any advantage they may have got from the first leg.”

“But I think if we secure a good result in the first leg we can contain them away.”

 


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