Esteban Cambiasso's brace allowed Inter to reduce the gap with AC Milan from 13 to 11 points. Leonardo's arrival brought determination and points. Six in two games with two more games in hand - a potential gap of 'only' five points between the two Milan's teams. And now Inter look at the remuntada with higher hopes and increasing confidence.
The Brazilian coach was honest enough about Inter's performance against Catania: "We suffered a lot in the first half, whereas things improved after Pandev came in. Anyway, to suffer and to win without playing well is a very important sign. This win is more proof of Inter's character". Scudetto is not a lost cause anymore, that's the general feeling among Nerazzurri.
The new Inter coach has his own idea about Inter's way of winning, which is probably very close to the truth: "I think we have to get used to Inter winning ugly sometimes. Our team is not designed to play wonderful football. Our opponents are very clever tactically and so you need to accept to win with scrappy goals sometimes.
"The most important thing is the will to win and here's a team of winners. I am very confident we can achieve a lot because of this".
MAN OF THE MATCH: Esteban Cambiasso. The Argentinian midfielder's ability to exploit gaps to score important goals is becoming a trademark of this season.
Serie A 2010-11 / Day 19
CATANIA: Andujar; Alvarez, Bellusci, Silvestre, Capuano; Gomez, Ledesma, Carboni, Pesce (82' Antenucci); Llama (51' Martinho), Maxi Lopez. Coach: Giampaolo
INTER: Castellazzi; Maicon, Lucio, Cordoba, Chivu (67' Pandev); Zanetti, Cambiasso, Thiago Motta (82' Mariga); Stankovic; Milito (91' Ranocchia), Eto'o. Coach: Leonardo
Goals: 71' Gomez; 74', 79' Cambiasso
Yellow cards: Gomez, Martinho; Cordoba, Lucio
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