He said: "We have said since the start that this season will be far more entertaining and get even better the longer we can stick close to Inter. It is only right to look at the top spot more than fourth, because we always aim for the leadership.
Juve face Palermo today and Ranieri added: "I have to choose for the good of the team, so those I leave out aren't necessarily worse than others. Also mid-match I may have to change to go with the balance of the encounter, so those on the bench should feel ready and part of the side.
"Palermo are a dangerous squad who have picked up a lot of points on their travels and scored 10 goals.
"They are unbeaten in five and put in great performances against Genoa and Napoli. We will try to get maximum points fighting until the 90th minute and beyond, because they too tend to score in stoppages."