Inter Milan proved they have what it takes to challenge for this season title by defeating reigning champions Juventus 2-0, according to Arturo Vidal.
Vidal who opened the scoring against his former club at San Siro on Sunday, heading home a cross from Nicolo Barella to find the net.
Antonio Conte’s side moved level with Serie A leaders Milan on 40 points and opened up a seven-point advantage over the reigning champions.
“It’s important for me and for the team. It was a very difficult game against the best team in Italy,” Vidal told Sky Sport Italia.
“I am glad to have scored my first goal for Inter, very happy. I think we proved that we are up to the task of fighting for the Scudetto.
“This gives us the confidence to keep pushing, to believe we can win the Scudetto, as we beat the strongest team over the past nine years. We believe that we can go all the way.”
Despite Inter coming out on top and Juve being seven points adrift, Conte still believes the Bianconeri are the team to beat in the race for the title.
“In order to beat a team like Juventus, which for all the Italian clubs are the reference point, we have to put in a great performance. We did that,” said Conte.
“We prepared well and it’s satisfying to see that we were right about the things we thought could hurt Juventus.
The lads followed the plan perfectly and I am very happy for them because these are games that must give you self-belief, let you understand you are on the right path.
“We already saw the fruits of this process last season and we are continuing to see them this term. Juventus were an important reference point, a side that dominated Serie A for nine years, having done exceptional work both on the field and as a club.
“I still maintain Juve have a gap not just from Inter, but all the other clubs, but we are working to close the gap.”
In what appeared to be a dig at his club, Conte added: “If people think we are the favourites now, imagine if we’d been able to work in the transfer market in August. We’d be massive favourites!”