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Leonardo, Another Gamble For Inter?

Luci a San Siro - 15 febbraio 2009The rumors finally turns into reality as right on Christmas Eve, Inter Milan officially announced former Ac Milan player, director and coach, Leonardo, as their new coach in place of Rafael Benitez, who was rescinded from his contract just few days before.

Although this decision is not really a shocking news since the media have been speculating about it for a while, but still the Brazilian’s appointment as the new Inter coach still surprised many people especially Milan fans who some may felt betrayed with Leo’s decision.

However, the decision has been made as the news was even informed officially at Inter’s official site just moments after their president Massimo Moratti stated that there will be no confirmation until December 27, suddenly the surprise was unveiled. The site revealed that Leonardo has signed a deal that will keep him at the club until June 30 2012, which is a rather short contract for a coach especially considering he was signed to lead the team from the winter. It seems that Morrati is taking Leo as a short term gap and will review the outcome of the Brazilian’s effort by the end of the season before deciding anything with his future.

“Inter welcomes Leonardo, The Brazilian coach, 41, will be the one to lead the team World Champion and Europe from December 29, the day of resumption of training at ‘Angelo Moratti’ Appiano Gentile.

Leonardo has signed a few minutes ago a contract that will bind to Inter until 30 June ,”

Some questions are surely left with the Milan legend’s appoitment as the new Nerazzurri’s coach, especially wether or not he can improve Inter’s performances in the league and Champions League next year. Looking at last season’s experience theres’s obviously a 50-50 chance for Leo to do well at his new club because of few reasons but one thing that should be noted by the treble winner fans, the former Brazilian international player need quite a while to get the Rossoneri going well last season as he coached the team from the pre-season.

Another interesting view to see is whether Leo still stick with his offensive, high line football tactic that he put out at Milan knowing that Benitez has actually tried playing that type of defense this season and it doesn’t work that well especially in the league. Aside from that, one important thing that should be waited from the new Inter under the Brazilian’s coaching is whether the coach can really have all the players he requested to the board considering that his predecessor didn’t really got what he wanted.

Aside from getting Benitez, actually signing Leonardo as a new coach from this winter has the same if not more risk for Inter’s achievement this season as the latter is still a new coach that just got his change last season. Moreover, Leo himself always stated that he didn’t really has the confidence in being a coach especially with the high pressure that surrounded the work. Now, without the close support of Milan’s management team like last season, it should be interesting to see how well can the Brazilian adapt to live in the different side of the fashion capital.

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