Thiago Motta admits Juventus are favourites for the Serie A title, but also says his former club, Internazionale are strong contenders.
The Nerazzurri are currently occupying top spot on the standings, leading Fiorentina and Napoli by a point, with defending champions Juve two points further back.
Motta, who departed Inter in 2012 to join Paris Saint-Germain, believes the Milan outfit have the right man in charge to claim the title.
"They’ve built a good team, and the results are there for all to see," Motta told Gazzetta dello Sport.
"This is partly down to Mancini, a Coach who has clear ideas and knows how to get them across."
Inter have only conceded 11 goals in 17 games this season, the best defensive record in the league, which Motta feels bodes well for a potential title challenge.
"In Italy, the team which concedes the least goals traditionally wins the League, and Inter have won several games 1-0 so far this season," he continued.
"The Scudetto? Why not? They don’t have Europe and that’s an advantage, but watch out for Juve.
"In recent seasons, Juventus were used to almost running the race on their own, but this year they started badly and dropped a lot of points.
"Anything can happen, but they remain the favourite. They’ve won seven games in a row and have returned to the hunger of the golden days."