"Now I can say it: We are among the favourites for the title," said Carletto.
"The credit above all goes to the players. I have a healthy group at my disposal made up of players who like to work together. This is crucial and these tough times have only strengthened us further."
An upbeat Ancelotti also took a swipe at Inter coach Jose Mourinho, who stunned journalists this week by bragging about 11m Euro wages plus 3m in sponsorship deals.
"I like Mourinho, but now I think I ought to sign him up as my agent when my contract renewal comes up. He could lend me a hand," joked the Milan boss.