Stephan Lichtsteiner feels Juventus will be taking on a title rival on Saturday when they play Inter at San Siro.
Although the Nerazzurri finished ninth in Serie A last term, the Swiss international respects the threat they carry after a summer of change.
“We’re up against a team who will be fighting for the Scudetto as their main objective, just as we were two years ago,” he told Mediaset.
“We know that the Inter side we’re facing will be fired up and determined, but so are we. We’ll need to put in a strong performance.”
The former Lazio right-back was referring to the fact that the Turin giants, after finishing seventh and failing to qualify for European competition, hit back to win the League in 2011-12.
Inter, now bossed by former Napoli tactician Walter Mazzarri, have started the season with wins against Genoa and Catania. They have yet to concede in Serie A during 2013-14.
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