AC Milan joined rivals Inter Milan at the top of Serie A in midweek, but Juventus are favourites to win this season’s Scudetto, according to Milan manager Stefano Pioli.
After their embarrassing 5-1 defeat in the derby, Milan’s 3-1 win at Cagliari on Wednesday combined with Inter’s first loss of the season, 2-1 at home to Sassuolo, sees the two rival clubs level on 15 points at the Serie A summit.
“Top spot counts for nothing at this stage of the season, only the desire to do well counts,” Pioli told reporters on Friday ahead of their home game with Lazio on Saturday.
“There are no easy games, but there are also no impossible games.”
Champions Napoli are four points behind the leaders in fifth place while Juventus sit in third just two points adrift of the two Milanese clubs.
Pioli expects these clubs to battle it out for the league title, and a Juventus side with no European games is clearly a worry.
“There are four clubs who will fight for the Scudetto, with Juventus the favourites because not playing all the cups can bring you extra points.”
Lazio are down in 12th place, eight points behind Milan and Inter. They recorded just their second league win of the season with a 2-0 victory over Torino on Wednesday.