After finishing the last campaign in second to Juventus, the Swiss international is convinced a summer of change at the San Paolo hasn’t weakened their title chances.
“Juventus are the favourites for the Scudetto,” the former Torino man told Blick. “But we will do our best to make their lives difficult.
“We can battle for the title.”
The Azzurri have lost star striker Edinson Cavani to Paris Saint-Germain and boss Walter Mazzarri to Inter, but their departures have seen the acquisitions of Real Madrid ace Gonzalo Higuain and tactician Rafael Benitez.
“A lot of big champions have come back to Italy and the level of the game here has increased as a result,” the 27-year-old added.
“Benitez is a modern Coach who talks to his players a lot. I really like the fact that we do a lot of our training with the ball.”
The Azzurri made a winning start to the new season with a 3-0 win over Bologna at the Stadio San Paolo last night.
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