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Oct, 6, 2009

Leonardo vows to fight on despite Milan failings

Embattled AC Milan coach Leonardo has "absolutely no intention" of resigning despite presiding over a very disappointing start to the season.

Leonardo, appointed as successor to Carlo Ancelotti in the summer, has seen his side collect only nine points from seven games in Serie A and a 1-1 draw against ten-man Atalanta on Sunday leaves them a full seven points behind league leaders and city rivals Inter Milan.

A humbling defeat to FC Zurich in the Champions League has also increased the pressure on Leonardo but the Brazilian, who represented the Rossoneri with distinction during his playing days, has vowed to fight on.

"We are going through a difficult time and it is up to us to turn this around," Leonardo said. "We need to be humble and I always say that to my players. But willingness is something this team never lacks and that is something positive.

"I am the AC Milan coach. I was given this opportunity and I will continue. I absolutely have no intention to step down.''

Key to Milan's struggles has been some toothless displays in attack with Leonardo's men scoring only two goals in their past six league games. However, the head coach is hoping that Ronaldinho will help resurrect the club's fortunes after opening his Serie A account for the season against Atalanta.

"It's important that Ronaldinho wants to play for 90 minutes,'' said Leonardo. "In recent games he has entered the pitch and has responded well. We expect a lot from him."

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