Julio Cruz: Inter Milan would be Italy power if not for Calciopoli

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The scandal in the summer of 2006 saw Juventus demoted with points penalties for Milan, Fiorentina, Lazio and Reggina for allegedly attempting to influence referees.

"I have been at Inter for five years, but why have I only won something in the past couple of seasons? Everyone knows the reason now," explained Il Jardinero.

"It was impossible to win before, but since there has been clarity in Italian football the hierarchy has been re-established. Do we feel more protected? I think the sport is more protected. We want to entertain the fans so they'll come back to the stadiums."

The season is not even at the halfway stage and already the Scudetto race seems to have been whittled down to just two clubs.

"I think Roma are our real rivals, you just need to look at their results over the last two years. They play good football and it is pleasing to see them win in Europe, as it gives more prestige to the League we're playing in."

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