Mancini: Only Roma can stop Inter Milan

After their 2-0 defeat of Fiorentina, Inter Milan coach Roberto Mancini declared only Roma could stop them successfully defending their Scudetto title this season.

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He said: "Over the long term the true worth of teams emerges. We hope to soon be discussing another turning point in the campaign."

The Nerazzurri are three points clear of Roma at the top of the table after their 2-0 victory away to Fiorentina. More importantly, they are five points ahead of Juventus with a game in hand.

"Those who lose ground now will find it more and more difficult to make it up later. I hope Roma start to drop a few points, too! All joking aside, the best teams out there now are Inter and Roma.

"Fiorentina played a good game and we took advantage of scoring an early goal. Luis Jimenez has great quality and needs to continue working this hard. At the moment we are missing players, so he is proving extremely useful."

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