Icardi: Inter are top, but Juventus are favourites

The striker scored the winning goal in Sunday’s match against Chievo to maintain his side’s 100 per cent record in Serie A but says it is too early to talk about winning the title

Despite sitting top of the table with a perfect record, Mauro Icardi feels it is too early to talk of Inter winning Serie A and insists that Juventus are still the favourites to lift the title.

The 22-year-old nettted the only goal of the game on Sunday as Inter beat Chievo to ensure they remain top of the table with four wins out of four this season.

Meanwhile, Juve picked up their first league victory of the season, beating Genoa 2-0.

However, Icardi insists his side, who finished eighth in the table last season, are still not favourites to win the title, but is happy with the progress they have made.

“We have nine or 10 new players and we’re doing really well at the moment,” he told reporters. “We’ve made a good start to the season  but it’s still early to be talking about the title.

“Juventus won the league in each of the last four seasons and they’re the favourites this time as well. We’re working on our understanding: little by little it will all start coming to us automatically.”

The match winner has recently been made Inter captain and he feels he has matured at San Siro since joining two years ago.

“I’d already had this feeling of being captain – a great feeling,” he added.

“I think I’ve matured with time. I have my family to thank for that as they’ve always been very close to me. If the team wins, I’m happy.

“It’s your duty to score goals when you’re a striker. I wasn’t worried because I knew that my goal would come sooner or later against Chievo.

“It was an important goal for the team today and it wasn’t easy to score.”

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