Andrea Ranocchia maintains “the title race is not over yet” despite Inter's 3-0 defeat in the Milan derby.
“The whole game changed with that opening goal,” he said of Alexandre Pato's strike after just 47 seconds.
“We got back on our feet and went close to an equaliser, but couldn't take our chances. Unfortunately, that's the way it went.
“Were Milan hungrier for the win? I don't think so, as we did react after that initial goal. If Samuel Eto'o had scored on the stroke of half-time, the match would've changed all over again, but this is football.”
Inter are now five points adrift of the leaders but, as it's head-to-head confrontations that counts in Serie A rather than goal difference, it is ‘virtually' a six-point gap.
“The title race is not over yet and the season remains open,” insisted Ranocchia.
“There are another seven rounds to go and we'll battle to the very end. A team like Inter cannot abandon the Scudetto so soon.”