Napoli forward Dries Mertens believes this season will be as good a chance as ever for them to seriously challenge Juventus for the Serie A title.
The Partenopei currently lead the standings having won all seven matches so far, giving them a two-point lead over Juve ahead of Saturday’s match away to Roma.
"Playing badly and winning? I’d sign up for that right away to win the Scudetto," Mertens told La Repubblica.
"It’s our football that got us here though, and it’s only by continuing on this road that we can dream of staying there. No alternatives or shortcuts, just playing well and entertaining our fans.
"Being top of the table isn’t a surprise, this year we started to out to win the league. There are a lot of opponents though, above all Juventus who remain favourites because of their mentality and the quality of their squad.
"We’ve got closer, now we have to try and overcome the difference in talent between ourselves and the Bianconeri."