Leonardo has already stamped his mark on the team. And not only by a psychological point of view, which was immediately evident. The former AC Milan coach keeps paying public tributes to Jose Mourinho but [while training] at Appiano Gentile he's doing a great job of his own - Leo has shaped a different attack, giving up the 4-2-3-1 formation for a more offensive 4-3-1-2.
Leonardo has changed position and duties of many players. Now the team plays with two central strikers (Eto'o and Milito), who have to concentrate only about scoring and creating spaces for each other. And they did it very well against Bologna - Stankovic opening goal and Eto'o's first are clear examples. To deflect any defensive tasks from the Cameroon striker to restore him as a central forward paired with the Argentinian it's something really new and highly promising if they can keep the current form.
This choice stresses a big difference between the Brazilian coach and the two predecessors Mourinho and Benitez. Same could be said for the full-backs. Both the Portoguese and the Spaniard thought it was safer playing with two pair of players on the flanks. The Brazilian believes just the opposite as he thinks that less traffic can only be beneficial for Chivu and [most of all] Maicon going forward - also for this reason he wants Maicon and Chivu to start pressing in the half field line, in order to allow the two holding midfielders retreat, with the centre-backs asked to stay 10-15 yards behind.
Bologna were not a demanding test only because Inter knocked them down straight away. Different class. The 4-1 win against Rossoblu brought only positive news for Leonardo - Castellazzi added two more great saves to confirm heroics in Catania were not occasional; Maicon is reaching his top form; Cordoba was outstanding; Stankovic is playing very effectively in the Sneijder position with less flair but more vigor. They all must keep the momentum going.
MAN OF THE MATCH: Javier Zanetti. The skipper equalled Beppe Bergomi's record of 519 league games with Inter - two legends from different eras who spent three seasons together at Inter, between 1995 and 1998. The joint-record won't last long as 'Saviero' is likely to surpass Bergomi on Wednesday when Inter are facing Cesena.
Serie A 2010-11 / Day 20
INTER: Castellazzi; Maicon, Lucio, Cordoba, Chivu; Zanetti (86' Santon), Cambiasso, Thiago Motta (68' Mariga); Stankovic; Eto’o (75' Pandev), Milito. Coach: Leonardo
BOLOGNA: Viviano; Garics, Portanova, Britos, Rubin; Perez, Mudingayi (50' Gimenez), Della Rocca; Ekdal (71' Casarini); Ramirez (81' Buscé), Di Vaio. Coach: Malesani
Goals: Stankovic 20’, Milito al 30’; Eto’o 63’, 72’; Gimenez 77'
Follow ESPNsoccernet's Football Correspondents on Twitter and Facebook