Roberto Mancini praises Inter Milan's confidence ahead of 'very important' Celtic clash

Roberto Mancini praised his Inter Milan side after beating Atalanta 4-1 on Sunday - just days before they face Celtic.

Inter Milan made it two wins in a row after defeating Atalanta 4-1 away from home on Sunday, just a week after beating Palermo 3-0 at the San Siro.

Xherdan Shaqiri, a Fredy Guarin brace and Rodrigo Palacio helped Inter to a comfortable win, serving as the perfect preparation for their Europa League clash against Celtic this week.

Inter travel to Glasgow on Thursday night for the first leg of their last 32 tie, and will want to keep things tight ahead of the second leg in Italy just a week later.

Inter boss Roberto Mancini is a familiar face in British football having played for Leicester City before a lengthy spell as Manchester City manager.

In a post-match interview with the Inter Milan official website, Mancini was happy with the confidence boost his squad gained by the win over Atalanta, and told the press how the game against Celtic is 'very important'.

"Confidence is important and after the Napoli match – despite losing at the death – we realised we could take anyone on. We’re not taking too much notice of the table at the moment, but this win stands us in good stead for the Europa League clash against Celtic. That’s a very important competition for us," explained Mancini.

Inter won the Champions League in 2010, but have really struggled in recent years, to the point where they are currently sat in 10th place in the Serie A table - exactly midtable - and are treating the Europa League as their priority now.

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