Daniele De Rossi struck the winner for Roma and Spalletti beamed: "I don't know about the statistics, but I am on the bench and these players go out on to the field. They deserved to win it by fighting for every ball and playing better. I don't think anyone can deny that.
"We knew that Inter were a great squad and we were under pressure at times, but deserved the victory.
"Inter have incredible potential, but we are in there and will challenge. Our players listen to me, work hard and can bring out performances like this."