Ahead of the clash against league leaders, Napoli at the San Siro stadium on Wednesday, Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku was full of praise for Napoli coach Luciano Spalletti but argued that it was too early to write Inter off.
The Chelsea loanee, who is expected to return to action for Inter against Napoli after being sidelined for up to four months to injury, insisted that his side could still catch Napoli before the end of the season in the race for the Scudetto.
“Luciano Spalletti is really strong; he’s done a great job we have to say. They have really strong players, I’ve been out and I’ve seen a lot of their games,” the Chelsea loanee said speaking to Sky Italia.
“Napoli are going through a good period and they’re first in the standings. We have respect them but not be afraid”, he continued.
“Until a team has lifted the trophy anything is possible. That’s the thing, until one has lifted the trophy everything is possible in football.”
Lukaku admitted that whilst it might seem improbable for fifth-place Inter to make up the ground on Napoli and secure the Scudetto, he refused to concede defeat.
“I always believe in it. That’s why we play football, you have to believe in the impossible. People say it’s impossible for us, but let’s see at the end of the season which team lifts the trophy and are champions.
“Nobody has won it yet, we are still there, there are still six months left. The season ends on 6 June, we are not yet on 4 January.”
Lukaku returned to Inter on loan from Chelsea this summer after a disappointing season in the Premier League last season, but has struggled for form and fitness. The Belgian’s last start came back in August against Lazio in the Serie A. He has made only five starts for Inter Milan this season and has three goal contributions to his name.