Leonardo thought he was heading for a second consecutive Serie A defeat when trailing 2-0 at half-time, but Giampaolo Pazzini came off the bench to score two and earn a penalty.
“It’ll take a little more time for my heart rate to get over this match,” smiled the tactician of the 3-2 victory.
“That was a spectacular game. If it had been another result, then nobody could’ve said Palermo didn’t deserve it. They are a great side and created a good nine or 10 scoring opportunities in the first half alone.
“After the break my team needed courage and character. Julio Cesar passed a late fitness test to start, Pazzini scored twice on his debut and Douglas Maicon had an extraordinary performance.
“There are so many positives from this match. We can try the trident attack, as there are many alternatives. The work Samuel Eto’o did in the second half was crazy.”