Inter ready for Scudetto challenge – Icardi

Serie A’s joint-top scorer in 2014-15 says he relishes scoring against Juventus and is hoping to dethrone them as Italian champions this term

Inter hot-shot Mauro Icardi says that he is hopeful of firing the club to Scudetto glory in 2015-16.

The Argentine striker netted 22 goals last term to end as joint-top scorer in Serie A alongside Luca Toni, but the Nerazzurri could only manage to finish in eighth place.

However, Icardi says that nothing less than a title triumph will do next season, with Inter having already strengthened significantly since the opening of the summer transfer window.

“We must and can do well. The objective is to return Inter to the top, and that is what we really want to do,” the forward told the Corriere dello Sport .

“There is a desire in the dressing room to celebrate a great bictory, and we all hope the Scudetto can be achieved this year.

“The directors are building a strong team and we could go straight back into the Champions League. They have made major investments and we have changed a lot compared to last year.”

Additions this summer so far have included Barcelona full-back Martin Montoya and Monaco’s Geoffrey Kondogbia, and the 22-year-old is extremely happy with the quality of the new arrivals.

“I know Montoya from my days at Barcelona, and he is very good. Kondogbia is not huge, but he is very tall and having someone like him in midfield will give us a huge helping hand. Inter must return to the top places now.”

To claim the Scudetto, Inter will have to usurp four-time defending champions Juventus, against whom Icardi has an excellent scoring record, having netted six times in five appearances with the Nerazzurri and previous club Sampdoria.

“Against Juve, every time I touch the ball it goes in!” he added. “It is something I enjoy, and I hope this feeling continues. There is nothing more beautiful than seeing our fans happy at me scoring a goal against Juventus.

“I don’t like to confess this, but in the next ‘Derby d’Italia’ I hope to score to give great satisfaction to the Inter fans.

“Juventus have been excellent in recording four league title wins, and while Andrea Pirlo and Carlos Tevez are two important departures, they have been replaced by valuable players.

“I don’t know if the gap has been narrowing but we must avoid making the same mistakes of the past. We cannot throw away stupid points at home.”

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