Inter boss Walter Mazzarri believes he has the players to test Juventus in the Derby d’Italia on Saturday.
The two teams have a 100 per cent record in Serie A so far this season, but something has got to give at San Siro.
“People only look at the result in Italy, but I’ve always looked at the performances,” the tactician stated. “What counts at the end of the day is being able to play as a team.
“A draw could be a good result, but don’t headline that I’ll be happy with a draw. I want a performance from my team, a great performance worthy of Inter. Then the result will be what it is.
“The mentality of my side is precise – one compact and solid to defend, but who can cause damage on the attack. We have players and tactics to cause Juventus difficulties.”
Juventus will go into the game as title favourites after two successive Scudetti, whereas Mazzarri is looking to rebuild Inter after their ninth-placed finish last term under Andrea Stramaccioni.
“We need the self-confidence that Juventus have and that arrives through performances, results and the desire to do things well for a long time,” the former Napoli boss noted.
There is great rivalry and friction between the two clubs, as there is between Mazzarri and opposite number Antonio Conte.
“I don’t know what has happened between us, you’ll have to ask him. I have never said anything that would have annoyed him.
“The only thing I said was that Juve used the Napoli model of playing, but that was a compliment and not criticism. I haven’t offended Conte.”
On the subject of whether Juventus have won 31 or 29 Scudetti, Mazzarri refused to add fuel to the Calciopoli fire.
“Certain arguments have nothing to do with Coaches. They are matters for the clubs. We need serenity and to be civil.”
Turning to his squad of players, Mazzarri hailed Rodrigo Palacio and confirmed Diego Milito would be back in the party after seven months on the sidelines.
“Palacio is at the level of Edinson Cavani. He is a great attacker, but no player is the same as another. They have different characteristics.
“I’ll call up Milito and he’ll be on the bench. He needs to find some form, he needs to train well and grow. We’ll see if I have the need for him.”