Leonardo was delighted with his debut win as Inter coach after his side beat Napoli 3-1 at the Giuseppe Meazza.
The Brazilian was pleased to pick up a win in his debut for the club and believes his players will only get better as the season progresses.
“We played two different halves,” Leonardo told FCInternews after the match.
“Napoli had a clear idea as to how to play, with wingers and three attackers who play well on the counterattack.
“Our three players in midfield closed down the spaces well, and it worked perfectly. In the second-half, we did the right things and organised ourselves, and this is how we created our chances.
“The players have given it their all since I arrived, sacrificing themselves in training, and this hard work was seen during the match. Even under pressure, my men were excellent.
“The team is there. They did not win everything last season by fluke. Everyone pays attention to the small details and this is what makes us good.
“Rafa [Benitez] did very well, but things happen. It is normal that comparisons are made, but now we must think ahead. These players are the Club World Champions and can only get better,” he concluded.
Goals from midfielders Thiago Motta, who scored twice, and Esteban Cambiasso secured the points despite Michele Pazienza’s header for the visitors.
“Today we enjoyed our play. The win was thanks to the desire of the guys,” added Leonardo, who left new signing, defender Andrea Ranocchia, on the bench.
Inter, who paraded the five trophies they won last year before kick off as their fans unveiled banners thanking Benitez, are 13 points behind leaders Milan with two games in hand but Leonardo believes a sixth straight scudetto is still possible.
“We need to think game by game, taking one step at a time,” he said.