ROME (Reuters) – Inter Milan boss Simone Inzaghi dismissed the suggestion that his facet can finish rivals AC Milan’s Serie A title hopes with victory within the upcoming Milan Derby and pointed on Friday to his workforce’s personal restoration within the first half of the season.
The champions are 4 factors away from third-placed Milan, with a recreation in hand, forward of Saturday’s match at San Siro.
But, when requested in regards to the significance of the weekend conflict, Inzaghi pointed to the truth that his facet clawed again floor on Milan earlier this season after an inconsistent begin.
“We saw what happened in the first half of the season. We were seven points off the top and managed to close the gap,” Inzaghi advised a information convention.
“We know what the derby means for the fans, but there are 15 games to go, and 45 points left to play for.”
Inzaghi was requested who he expects to contend for the league title this season, and pointed to the specter of Juventus, who’re 11 factors behind them however signed Dusan Vlahovic and Denis Zakaria in January.
“It is still open. Beyond Milan and Napoli, Atalanta and Juventus are very strong,” Inzaghi said.
“The Bianconeri were my favourites in the summer and have been on a great run in the last two months, as well has having a great transfer window. Everyone down to Juve still has the chance to fight for the league. There are still a lot of points available.”
The derby kicks off a crucial period for Inter, who face AS Roma in the Italian Cup quarter-finals, second-placed Napoli in Serie A and Liverpool in the Champions League last-16 in the next two weeks.
“It will be an intense and stimulating period, facing so many prestigious opponents in a row,” Inzaghi mentioned.
“We know the derby means a lot and we’re focused; I hope the guys have clear minds.
“There are never any favourites in a derby. Even more so in this one, between two teams who are very strong and well-organised. Motivation and moments will make the difference.”
(Reporting by Alasdair Mackenzie; Editing by Toby Davis)