Inter coach Roberto Mancini has declared that he has not given up hope of challlenging Juventus and Milan for this season’s Scudetto.

Mancini’s side are unbeaten this season, but having drawn 15 of their 24 matches to date, they currently lie 11 points behind leaders Juventus.

The club are about to embark upon a crucial phase of their season in the next fortnight, with Serie A matches against Udinese and title rivals Milan, as well as the Champions League tie against Porto.

“We still have at our disposal both face-to-face matches and they will clearly say a lot,” Mancini told Gazzetta dello Sport.

“We have ten vital days, but our opponents will have difficult engagements too, so things for the Scudetto aren’t finished.

“Should we win the direct matches [against Juve and Milan] we will reopen everything.

“My optimism arises from what Inter are doing, I think my team aren’t worse than Juve and Milan, so I’m looking forward with a lot of faith.”