Roberto Mancini insists Serie A leaders Inter are not Scudetto favourites and “we must be perfect to beat Lazio.”
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“We hope the concentration has remained even so close to Christmas. It will be a difficult game, as Lazio have quality,” said the Coach in his Press conference.
“We want to be aggressive from the start, but that’s not easy in Serie A. We must be perfect to beat Lazio. Their current position in the table does not reflect their real worth.”
Inter have been linked with a January offer for Lucas Biglia, Antonio Candreva and even Danilo Cataldi.
“Lazio have many talented players, including Felipe Anderson. Biglia is fundamental for the team and makes the difference.”
The Nerazzurri are four points clear at the top of the table, but Mancini continues to maintain they are not among the favourites.
“I think Juventus, Napoli and Fiorentina are the favourites, then we’ll see what happens. It is never easy to win, we have a different objective, but we’ll see where we are at the end.
“We still need to improve a great deal, but starting the season from June was very different to taking it over in November last year. Was being out of Europe an advantage? Yes, I won’t rule that out, as it gives you more time in training.
“The truth is Inter were a long way off the standards of this club. Even in difficult moments, Inter should always be at least in the top five.”
Mancini was asked about the January transfer window and warned reporters not to expect fireworks.
“I don’t think we’ll change anyone. If someone asked me to leave, then we could see about replacing them, otherwise we’re good as we are. So far, nobody has asked to leave.”
Jonathan Calleri will arrive from Boca Juniors and be loaned out to another Serie A side for six months.
“Compared to some other young players linked to Inter he is different, as Boca Juniors are already a big club. Like everyone he needs to get to know Italian football.”
Finally, Mourinho was asked about the situation at Chelsea with Jose Mourinho’s sudden departure.
“Anyone in this line of work knows it has to be on the cards. It is part of the job description. When things don’t go well there is always the risk, but in all honesty I didn’t think Chelsea would sack Mourinho.”