Inter coach Simone Inzaghi will feel that his team have a realistic prospect of reaching the top of the Serie A table by the end of the year.
This according to today’s print edition of Milan-based newspaper Corriere della Sera, who note that the Nerazzurri have all but caught up to AC Milan in the table and that the coach is targeting the summit by Christmas.
Inter went into the last international break seven points behind league leaders Milan and Napoli, with a draw against the Rossoneri in the derby seeing them miss an opportunity to make up ground.
However, they immediately had another chance to reduce the deficit upon returning from the break, playing the Partenopei at the San Siro the day after their city rivals had suffered their first Serie A defeat of the campaign against Fiorentina.
This time the Nerazzurri made no mistake, winning 3-2 to get to within four points of the two fast-starting teams at the summit.
This weekend, the Rossoneri once again stumbled, losing to Venezia, while Inter successfully collected three points on their trip to face Venezia.
This means that the Nerazzurri now sit just one point away from their city rivals in the table, certainly within striking distance.
Napoli’s emphatic 4-0 win over Lazio yesterday will give Inzaghi and his team pause and they know that catching the Partenopei will not be a straightforward task.
However, over the rest of the season they will feel confident, and even in the busy period before Christmas, the Nerazzurri have five matchdays in which they will hope that results can see them take full control of the Scudetto race.