Thursday January 3 2013
Scudetto race not over, says Zanetti

Inter captain Javier Zanetti has still not given up hope of winning the Scudetto at the end of the season.

The Nerazzurri are a massive nine points behind Italian champions and leaders Juventus, but the veteran has refused to rule out what would be a sensational comeback.

“It's a big gap, but you never know in football,” the Argentine told Sky Sport Italia.

“We have to keep believing it's possible all the way and hope that we're still in with a shout heading into the last month.

“We're going to give it everything we've got in all the competitions then we'll see where it gets us.”

The Nerazzurri opted for some substantial squad changes in the summer, as well as handing boss Andrea Stramaccioni – who is younger than Zanetti – a new contract.

“It's still early to be talking about what Stramaccioni needs to lift his first trophy, because he's at the start of his career, but looking at what he's done so far I can say that he's on the right path.

“Hopefully we can help him achieve that first trophy by having an excellent campaign and winning something at the end of it – then the whole Inter family will be happy, not just the Coach.”

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