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By Eurosport

17/05/2007 at 16:04Updated

Despite his side's 6-2 capitulation in the first leg of the Coppa Italia final against Roma, Internazionale boss Roberto Mancini has not given up hope of a miraculous turnaround at the Giuseppe Meazza on Thursday evening.

Roma were rampant at the Stadio Olimpico last week as the Giallorossi edged closer to gaining revenge for the last two consecutive Coppa Italia finals, both of which Inter won.

But Mancini has instilled faith in the defending cup holders, and with the quality in his squad he knows that anything is possible.

"We believe we can do it," Mancini said. "There is a match to be played and, therefore, there is a chance. It's not an easy task, but we will try."

"My team has shown it has character all the way through this season. It is possible to get one game wrong, as we did in Rome.

"The lads don't need to prove anything to me, they just have to put in a good performance without obsessively focusing on overturning the result at all costs, as that would be the wrong approach. We have to try to score as many goals as possible and then at the final whistle look at the scoreboard."

To back up Mancini's confidence, Roma coach Luciano Spalletti need only to look to recent events in Spain's Copa Del Rey, when Getafe overturned a 5-2 deficit to beat Barcelona 6-5 on aggregate, to see that seemingly unassailable leads are indeed capable of being turned around.

But Roma are undoubted favourites going into the game and the Champions League quarter-finalists will be hoping for a repeat of this season's Serie A encounter, when the capital club won 3-2 at the Guiseppe Meazza.

"After the first leg result, I would say Roma have a 70 per cent chance of taking the trophy," Mancini continued. "Clearly we will try to do the utmost to turn it around, but nobody can tell what will happen.

"The important thing is to give it a go and play a good game. We will be happy if we manage it and content enough if we don't."

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