The Nerazzurri performed poorly during the first half of the season but the former Italy coach expects Roberto Mancini’s men to cause the league leaders problems on January 6
Inter could derail Juventus’ Scudetto push when the two sides meet upon Serie A’s resumption, according to Marcello Lippi.
The 2006 World Cup-winning boss, who coached both clubs, says that the return of Roberto Mancini has added a new dimension to the Nerazzurri, who travel to Turin on January 6.
Indeed, Lippi firmly believes that even though Inter sit 11th in the table, the San Siro side could well upset the Italian champions.
“It will be a great match, a wonderful proposition,” the 66-year-old told Tuttosport.
“Mancini has already begun to turn around Inter. His team is growing, and while they are still alternating between good and bad moments, they have more enthusiasm and new motivation.
“They showed in the second half of their last match against Lazio that they have fighting qualities.”
Lippi added that Inter have more to fight for in the Derby d’Italia than simply the chance to claim a win over the league leaders, arguing that Mancini’s men can still challenge for a Champions League berth.
“The clash with Juventus will be very important in terms of the standings for both sides,” he continued.
“But it is also key for the Nerazzurri’s psychological state in particular, because Inter can still make a run for third place in the championship.
“Like Napoli, Milan and Fiorentina, they will see that the spot is very much open.”
Despite their lowly position, Inter lie only six points behind third-placed Lazio.