The Italy international has stressed that Walter Mazzarri's men are a force to be reckoned with in Serie A this term following the former Napoli boss' arrivalGianluigi Buffon has warned his Juventus team-mates not to underestimate Inter ahead of this weekend's Serie A encounter.
The Nerazzurri side had to settle for ninth spot in the league table last term, but they have looked strong in the opening weeks of the 2013-14 campaign and the Italy skipper feels they could challenge his side title under new boss Walter Mazzarri.
"We have tremendous respect for Inter and take them very seriously," Buffon was quoted as saying by the Corriere dello Sport.
"With a great coach like Mazzarri and the advantage that they can focus on Serie A, Inter are a force to be reckoned with in Serie A.
"Inter will be around all year and could make life difficult for the teams challenging for the Scudetto."
Saturday's Derby d'Italia at the Giuseppe Meazza is scheduled to kick off at 18:00CET.