Juventus goalkeeper Gigi Buffon believes Inter have what it takes to zip past Milan and retain the Scudetto.
Inter closed the gap at the top to just two points at the weekend and go into the Derby della Madonnina with a chance to overtake their rivals.
"Inter are the favourites for the Scudetto but Milan are the stronger team," Buffon said.
"With Juve, we have thrown away second place. We lack strength in terms of character and morale in the bad moments.
"Gigi Del Neri is the least of the problems. He is a great worker."
Looking ahead to Italy's Euro 2012 qualifier against Slovenia, Buffon said: "You can never be favourites when you play away from home against emerging nations who start to have individuality of the highest level.
"In any case we don't feel inferior. We'll go there to play an intelligent game and to qualify as soon as possible. Judgements are for others to make, then again, they can also be used as motivation.
"We lose something without Daniele De Rossi and Mario Balotelli, but the code of ethics must be respected. Both of them need these negative experiences, Mario especially because he is growing."