Buoyed by Sunday's last-gasp victory at Siena, the Nerazzurri boss believes his side can continue their climb up the standings and go on to win the title
After a calamitous start to the campaign under former boss Gian Piero Gasperini, the Nerazzurri are starting to find their feet again under Ranieri and have risen to 15th in the league standings after Sunday’s 1-0 victory at Siena.
Inter remain 11 points in arrears of leaders Juventus, but Ranieri insists that his troops remain very much in the title race.
“If I had to bet a euro on the Scudetto, I would put it on Inter because they remain my favourites,” he said.
Midfielder Esteban Cambiasso is being less bold but he does feel that Inter are still a force to be reckoned with.
“Are we finished?” he mused. “A few years ago, they were saying that of the AC Milan side that won the championship last year.
“It was said too of [Andrea] Pirlo, who is still making a difference today [with Juventus].
“In times of difficulty people talk so much, but we are convinced that we can compete with anyone.”
Meanwhile, defender Andrea Ranocchia believes that Inter are only going to improve as their most recent arrivals become accustomed to their new surroundings.
"The hunger for victory never wanes,” he said. "This year many young players came from other leagues and you have to give them a little time to acclimatise.
"But in the last game [in the Champions League against Trabzonspor] Ricky Alvarez scored and in this game [Luc] Castaignos scored, so this shows that they are starting to settle in."