Mario Balotelli was happy with another start for Inter Milan in yesterday's 2-1 victory over Cagliari.

The 17 year-old striker said: "Against Torino, the coach replaced me (in the first-half) because he believed it was right do so, for how the game was going. We beat Torino, so it was the best thing.

"Today I was happy to play from the beginning, for me it was an honour to play as a starter. Today we played better than in Turin, it was difficult but went well because we won and now we have to win the derby.

"Can we win the Scudetto against AC Milan? For me, they're a team like all others. It is just essential to win the Scudetto."