Antonio Conte sought to praise the Bianconeri’s never-say-die attitude after witnessing his team battle back from a goal behind against a revitalised Inter side to claim a precious point at the San Siro.
The manager believes the Nerazzurri’s performance provided a clear indication of their credentials to mount a convincing challenge for this season’s Scudetto and claims the encounter represented a genuine test of his side’s mettle under testing conditions.
And having emerged from Milan unscathed courtesy of Arturo Vidal’s equaliser 15 minutes from time, Conte immediately turned his attentions to Tuesday night’s Champions League opener against Danish outfit FC Copenhagen.
Speaking after the final whistle, the 44-year-old said: “This evening brought confirmation that Inter can aim for a top spot this year and that we're a tough side who are hard to beat. I’m happy with the way the team fared.
“We could actually have won it, but we still managed a draw on a pitch where it’s difficult to do so against a side who will be capable of fighting right to the end, also helped by the fact that they are not playing in Europe.
“We, on the other hand, will be back in action again this Tuesday in the Champions League. Now we embark on a period of seven games in a month, a period that will prove a useful yardstick in assessing how strong we are.
“I’ll need to call on everyone and will rotate the side the side when the moment’s right, with the league championship in mind as our realistic objective. I definitely couldn’t rotate in a match against Inter.”