Former Napoli manager Walter Mazzarri has sensationally claimed that he does not think his team Inter Milan will be the favourites for the Italian Serie A title in the coming season.

He has said that Juventus and Napoli will be starting the new season as the favourites. Mazzarri made the switch to Inter Milan over the summer after several years with Napoli. During this period, he has managed to get the club into a position where they are considered as potential challengers for the title. They almost won the title last season had it not been for the brilliance from Juventus, who have now won the title in consecutive seasons.

Antonio Conte’s men will once again be the favourites according to Mazzarri, who has said that Inter Milan are still in a period of transition. It was not long ago that the club managed to win as much as five league titles in succession. Tremendous success also followed in the form of the treble in 2010, but the squad has since changed a lot due to several problems. The club has been making several new signings who are going to be good in the future. Mazzarri has also said that the threat from the likes of Fiorentina and Lazio should also not be discounted either.

“Besides Juventus, I think that in terms of financial muscle and on the strength of the last four years, Napoli could be a notch above the rest. Along with Juve. There are at least six or seven teams, including Fiorentina and Lazio, who will be bunched together on the starting grid. It’s hard to know who has got more quality, who can do better. It depends on how you work on the pitch, on whether you manage to exploit the players’ ability to the maximum,” said Mazzarri.