Inter’s dethroning of Juventus at the top of Serie A should not be considered a huge surprise, at least according to the Bianconeri’s former striker Amauri.
Antonio Conte’s side need only four points from their final five games to secure Inter’s first scudetto since 2010, following Sunday’s 1-0 win at home to Hellas Verona.
Juventus are about to lose their crown after nine straight seasons at the top of Italy’s top flight and they are even at risk of missing out on Champions League qualification, following a 1-1 draw at Fiorentina at the weekend.
“We knew it would be a difficult season this year,” Amauri, who also played for Fiorentina, Parma and Torino among others in Serie A, told Radio Bianconera (via FcInterNews.it) on Monday.
“It was always going to happen at some point that the other teams equipped themselves to win the scudetto.
“Juventus have already won the Supercoppa Italiana in any case and they still have the Coppa Italia final to play.”
Inter’s former striker Sandro Mazzola has urged the Nerazzurri to build on this season’s title success, arguing that winning the scudetto is only ‘the first step’.
Marcello Lippi meanwhile has backed Conte to make progress with Inter in next season’s UEFA Champions League, following their disappointing group stage exit before Christmas.