(see previous). Milan, January 5 - Inter Milan deserve to be top of Serie A at the halfway mark, coach Roberto Mancini said Tuesday. Speaking ahead of Wednesday's clash at Empoli, Mancini said "the important thing is to stay up there, we have deserved first place." Inter, on 36 points from 17 games, are one point ahead of Napoli and Fiorentina, three ahead of champions Juventus and four ahead of AS Roma. Cross-city rivals Milan are sixth, four points adrift of Roma. Mancini cautioned, however, that Inter will have to keep up their form if they are to land their first scudetto since their treble in 2010 - the last time a championship was not won by Juventus. "There are a lot of teams close to us and the table changes every week," Mancini said. "It's too soon to start speaking of the scudetto". He said the trip to Empoli, in eighth place, one point behind Roma, would be far from easy. "Usually this period is not an easy one, and besides that playing at Empoli is always complicated," he said. "They are doing very well".