Former Wolfsburg man Ivan Perisic has said that Juventus do not dominate the Serie A the same way Bayern does the Bundesliga.
Perisic joined Inter Milan last season and says he has no desire to settle for second or third on the log.
Ahead of the Italian Derby against Juventus, who have won the scudetto four consecutive times, Perisic hopes Inter can blow the title race open with a win.
“If you had told me we would have 16 points after seven games, I would have taken that,” the 26-year-old told La Gazzetta dello Sport.
“I wouldn’t take the final third place though, nor even second.
“I was already second last season with Wolfsburg. I left Germany among other things because I understood that competing with Bayern was impossible.
“There is much more balance here, I see seven or eight teams capable of going all the way.
“We were discussing an extension. For a few months they not only failed to sign the two or three men that would allow them to take a leap forwards in quality, they also lost some indispensable elements.
“When Kevin De Bruyne told me that he was leaving [Wolfsburg to join Manchester City], that cleared every doubt.”
Juventus’ slow start to their title defence has seen them win only two of their first seven games and Perisic would like to see those struggles go on for a little longer to benefit Inter and the other title contenders.
He said: “We are second, we are playing at home and we want to win at all costs. If we were to win we would do a favour to all our rivals too.
“They wouldn’t be knocked out of the Scudetto race if we win. There are still 30 games and they showed in the last few years that they were the best.
“Last summer I thought that three of their most important men were leaving [Andrea Pirlo, Arturo Vidal, Carlos Tevez] but it is true that they did pick up some other strong players.
“Let’s hope it will take them a little bit longer still to find their ideal set-up.”