Inter midfielder Nicolo Barella believes that this season the Serie A title race is much tougher than last time around, but still wants to give everything in pursuit of it.

Speaking while receiving the award for being in the Italian Footballers Association’s (AIC) Top XI for the year, as reported by FCInterNews, the 25-year-old emphasized the need to keep pushing for the title until the very end.

The Nerazzurri cruised to the Scudetto in the last campaign, finishing twelve points clear of their nearest rivals in the table in the form of AC Milan.

This time, Inter find themselves six points behind their city rivals, albeit having a game in hand, at this stage of the competition.

There is more than enough time for Inter to make up the ground that they’ve lost, but compared to last campaign, the fight looks set to drag on much later into the season and has been more difficult in the view of Barella.

Of his goals for the season, Barella named “Making it to the World Cup, we’ll give it our all, and fighting until the end for the Scudetto.”

“This year the title race is more difficult,” he went on, “there are teams that are closer together, but we’re Inter and we have to fight until the last day.”

The midfielder also stated that “It’s a great pleasure to win this award for the third year, I thank my teammates because without them these prizes would not have come.”

“Last year I also won the Euros,” he added, “so I’m very happy and this is a new award that makes me very pleased.”