If nothing else, Luciano Spalletti doesn’t mince words about.
Inter are currently in first place in Serie A – a point clear of Napoli and two ahead of the Old Lady – a spot they have not occupied since January 2016. The Nerazzurri have 18 more points today than they did this time a year ago following a 5-0 thrashing of Chievo last weekend.
"We know the obstacle that lies ahead of us," Spalletti said Friday. "Over the past few months we've worked on our identity, conviction and strength that we want to show out on the pitch.”
He added that Saturday’s match will be a barometer of whether the Nerazzurri can compete with top flight teams like Juventus.
"This match is defined as the derby of Italy. It is a test that motivates you; however, we must remain calm.,” Spalletti said. “These lads have demonstrated they can transfer everything linked to Inter out onto the field.”
We have a precise identity which we work on. We have some objectives and we'll need to secure plenty of points to achieve them. Consequently, it's crucial for us to be aware of who we are."