Despite beating Napoli 2-0 on Saturday and moving to within three points of third place Roma, Roberto Mancini isn’t convinced his side have enough time to make a serious run on third, as the tactician believes they let too many points slip out of their grasp over the course of the season.
“There are still points available but I don’t think there we have much of a chance [of claiming third],” he told Sky Sport Italia.
“We will try to secure as many points as we can and then we’ll see where we end up. I think we are on the right path, unfortunately we let too many points slip away over the course of the season.
“We’ve often claimed less than what we deserved, and as a result we are behind. The teams ahead of us are better because they’ve played together for a longer period of time, however we’ve always done well against them.”
Mancini might be right, but the schedule does give Inter an opportunity to put a lot of pressure on Roma. Inter’s last five matches are against Genoa, Udinese, Lazio, Empoli and Sassuolo, and adding 15 points to their current tally of 61 is not out of the question.
Roma meanwhile currently sit on 64 and have some tricky clashes, like Sunday’s match against Atalanta, then Torino, Napoli, Genoa, Chievo and a final match against AC Milan at the San Siro.
A slip up isn’t out of the realm of possibilities, so it will be up to Mancini to keep his side focused as a return to the Champions League isn’t out of the question.