Gianluigi Buffon said after Juventus' 3-0 win at Crotone on Monday night that they would continue to chase Inter, but revealed that he was unsurprised by the form of Antonio Conte's men, who top Serie A after 23 games with 53 points.
Buffon kept a clean sheet in his 654th appearance for the Old Lady and left work satisfied on.
"The most important thing is that I get there by jumping," Buffon told Sky Sport Italia. "It's the greatest satisfaction. It's the way you get there that makes the difference. I measure the width of my jumps every week, as long as it's good, I continue."
Juventus are back on track after a winless run of three games and the veteran admitted the Bianconeri 'needed the win' that took Juventus to third with 45 points and a game in hand on both Inter and AC Milan, who have 49 points, above them.
Buffon said that the quality that Inter have now was something that he expected under Conte, who coached Buffon at Juventus for several title-winning years.
"It's certainly not a surprise. I would have been surprised if they did not show the quality of their coach and their squad. They have a value equal to ours, at least."
Juventus coach Andrea Pirlo's belief was also steadfast. "All those behind Inter are antagonists, we are one of them and we will fight until the end," he said.
Pirlo also felt that his side were helped by the goals before the break.
"We started a bit nervous, maybe the last defeats had made us nervous," Pirlo told Sky Sport Italia. "Then the goals helped us and gave us peace of mind.