Draw between Inter Milan, Napoli adds intrigue to Serie A title race
Napoli dropped their first Serie A points of the season against Inter Milan in about as riveting a scoreless draw as you could hope for. Maurizio Sarri's crew were coming off two tough away trips -- Roma in the league and Manchester City in the Champions League -- and that may have had something to do with it.
Napoli still had the better chances and Samir Handanovic made a few huge saves but, make no mistake about it, this was still an excellent defensive performance from Luciano Spalletti's Inter. And, with more cutting edge from Ivan Perisic, perhaps they could even have nicked a goal.
Inter remain a work in progress but, equally, they're undefeated and they showed that they can hang with the big boys -- at least on the defensive end. They're two points off the top of the table and if (when) they come together fully, they might legitimately start thinking of contending for the title.
As for Napoli, they still play the best football in Serie A and, over time, that ought to make all the difference. But what's obvious is that it's not just a case of keeping an eye out for Juventus in the Italian title hunt. Inter, Roma and -- surprisingly -- Lazio are all within striking distance.
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