Julio Cesar: It's not over

Inter Milan goalkeeper Julio Cesar warned his team-mates they cannot relax, despite their six-point lead at the top of the Serie A table.

The reigning Italian champions maintained their gap over AC Milan and Juventus with an impressive 3-0 victory at Lazio on Saturday, and they know that if they beat Chievo at home this weekend they will increase their cushion over at least one of their title rivals, who meet in Turin's Stadio Olimpico on Sunday.

The championship is not over. This year Serie A is a lot tighter.
Inter Milan goalkeeper Julio Cesar.

But the Brazilian No1 does not want his team to get carried away with their position, despite a run of six successive league successes. "The championship is not over," he said.

"This year Serie A is a lot tighter. Inter are doing great and we have to just concentrate on this. We can't let ourselves think about the others, they all want to finish first given that we have won the scudetto the last two to three years."

Inter won the title last season by three points from Roma, who finished runners-up the previous campaign, too, albeit 22 points behind the Milanese giants.

Prior to being awarded the Serie A crown in 2006, Inter had not finished top of the pile in Italy since 1989, and were regarded as perennial under-achievers.

But now the boot is firmly on the other foot, and Jose Mourinho's side are determined not to let slip their new status as kings.