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Leonardo lament for luckless Inter

Published: Wednesday 23 February 2011, 23.47CET
Leonardo rued FC Internazionale Milano's poor fortune after failure to capitalise on a litany of chances was punished by Mario Gomez's last-gasp winner for FC Bayern München.
Published: Wednesday 23 February 2011, 23.47CET

Leonardo lament for luckless Inter

Leonardo rued FC Internazionale Milano's poor fortune after failure to capitalise on a litany of chances was punished by Mario Gomez's last-gasp winner for FC Bayern München.

FC Internazionale Milano coach Leonardo rued his side's poor fortune after failure to capitalise on a litany of chances was punished by Mario Gomez's last-gasp goal for FC Bayern München. "We deserved to win," said counterpart Louis van Gaal, though he admitted he was indebted to goalkeeper Thomas Kraft – a UEFA Champions League quarter-final place is far from assured.

The goal came out of the blue as everyone was already thinking about the goalless draw, despite countless chances at both ends
Leonardo
We must have had more than ten chances to score, though Inter had eight of their own. It was an absorbing game
Louis van Gaal

Leonardo, Inter coach
The goal came out of the blue as everyone was already thinking about the goalless draw, despite countless chances at both ends. I think the defeat is unfair: we played against a tough side that moved the ball with accuracy and attacked up the flanks, but we covered the spaces very well. Gomez scored the winning goal – he hadn't done anything until then.

Both teams played an open game and unfortunately we couldn't get the breakthrough, despite creating five or six clear chances. Anyway, I am not worried because I think we can win in Germany. It will be a difficult game for sure, but it would have been hard even after a 0-0 draw here in Milan.

The players are beyond reproach; we played at the same level as Bayern and their keeper made several good saves. We didn't need another striker tonight, just a little bit of luck.

Louis van Gaal, Bayern coach
We must have had more than ten chances to score, though Inter had eight of their own. It was an absorbing game and, in the end, we deserved to win. I had hoped we could decide the game earlier as Inter began to tire but we squandered our chances. It was a big step towards the quarter-finals but Inter are a very good team, as we saw today.

Even this could have ended differently, but considering we were away from home we gained a deserved win. At half-time I told my team to gain better control of the game. In the first half we played like the home side but after the restart we improved, and I expected our goal to come earlier.

I was always convinced about Thomas Kraft. He showed his qualities, his great reflexes on the line. He stayed very calm during the game and that was important to us. Luiz Gustavo played very well defensively, but has room to improve when it comes to speeding up the game when we have possession.

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