Inter Milan can score four and reach semis, insists Leonardo

Inter boss hopes the need to score at least four goals against Schalke will ensure his side are focused

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Leonardo's side suffered a shock 5-2 defeat by Schalke last week Photo: Inter.it

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Internazionale manager Leonardo insists his side can still reach the Champions League semi-finals despite trailing Schalke 5-2 ahead of the second leg of their quarter-final tie.

The Serie A champions need to score at least four goals in Germany to book an unlikely place in the last four against either Real Madrid or Tottenham Hotspur.

But despite the enormity of the task at hand, the Inter boss is convinced his squad are capable of producing a memorable comeback.

“Of course, we’ll start the game knowing that we have to win by four goals, which doesn’t happen often, but that can help you maintain your focus,” said the 41-year-old.

“It can be done. We must have balance, whilst playing a different type of game. We’ll need to make very few errors and give a great performance. That is the first objective, to play a great game. Then we’ll see the result.”

Leonardo also believes the lack of Champions League experience in the Schalke camp could result in nervy display from the German side on Wednesday night.

“Maybe starting the game trying to defend a three-goal lead might be difficult,” he continued. “We have nothing to lose and will face what awaits us with our heads held high.”

Meanwhile, Inter captain Javier Zanetti heaped praise on Schalke for their first leg performance but warned the Bundesliga side that the holders are determined produce a shock turnaround.

“We need to commit very few errors and create lots of chances for us to score goals,” said Zanetti. “With my experience, I know that many things can happen in 90 minutes.

“I respect Schalke, who showed their value in the first leg, but we’re now concentrating on this game, which will be very difficult. We want to play a big match and hope to get the result we need.”

It has been done before…

Inter can draw inspiration from Deportivo de La Coruña’s defeat of AC Milan in the quarter-finals back in 2004. On that night, the La Liga club overturned a three-goal deficit to knock the Serie A side out with a 4-0 win in Spain following their 4-1 humbling at the San Siro in the first leg.

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