This Sunday, Inter Milan will host Juventus in one of the most important derbies in Serie A. This game is crucial for the remainder of the season as both teams are in a tight race for the Serie A title.
Juventus is currently behind due to their poor start, but they can get back on track if they have some positive results. Inter Milan, on the other hand, will need every point they can to defend the title they won last year against crosstown rivals Milan. This game could prove to be pivotal for both teams in the future, with so much at stake.
As the season progresses, Juventus has seen a dramatic improvement. The team started the season with two losses and two draws. They were famously at the 18th position for one matchday. It has been a swift rise to the top of the Serie A table, where Juventus truly belongs. After the first few bad results, Juventus won 17 games, drew six, and lost three.
This has been especially impressive over the past few weeks when Juventus have not lost a single game since mid-November 2021 when they lost to Atalanta home. They have been remarkable, especially since Dusan Vlahovic was acquired in the winter transfer window. If the top teams lose some points, Juventus may be able to regain the title.
Inter is on the other side of things and is reeling. From a total of 10 games, they have won 14 points. They lost two games and won just three of their five remaining games. This is an awful form for a team fighting for a title.
They have the chance to eliminate Juventus from the title race with a win. However, big games like the Juventus vs Inter Milan derby can prove pivotal. Inter will have four more points if they get the three points. They also have a game against Bologna where they can secure all three points to move ahead of Juventus.
Coach Inzaghi takes flak over caution
It has been reported that Coach Simone Inzaghi is under fire from Italy for his team’s ineptness and deepening of their game.
If it doesn’t allow Juventus to take its third sport on Sunday, it will need to be bolder.
However, Inzaghi openly admitted that his team’s confidence was low during the recent bad run.
It has only won once since it was defeated by Sassuolo at home, drawing three times and losing 2-0.
That win was a 5-0 victory over the bottom Salernitana team.
It has only scored twice in the three draws this spell, although it conceded twice.
Inter was forced to withdraw from the Champions League after suffering a 2-0 defeat at home by Liverpool.
In the Super Coppa Italia final in January, Inter beat Juve 2-1.
It won the 1-0 at Anfield, which was clearly not enough.
Inter did win the last meeting with Juventus, however.
Inter won the Super Coppa Italia final at San Siro by a score of 2-1
During the clashes in Turin, Serie A last Oct. 10, there was a draw of 1-1.
Inter is aware that it must get back on track in the fixture to revive its title hopes. Juventus, however, knows it can climb up to a third place with a win.
Max Allegri is not suffering from any new injuries, and a previously packed treatment table has started to empty. Only long-term absentees Federico Chiesa and Weston McKennie, Kaio Jorge, and the suspended Luca Pellegrini are still out of action on Sunday. Leonardo Bonucci’s participation is still uncertain.
As the rumored Inter transfer target Paulo Dybala is in competition with Alvaro Morata, the Juventus coach will need to decide who Dusan Vlahovic will partner with upfront. Argentina overlooked the former, but he scored against Salernitana. The latter, however, netted a brace against Iceland for Spain.
Juan Cuadrado, who returned from Colombia, has seen his hopes of another World Cup appearance end.
Arthur will be losing his midfield spot due to Denis Zakaria’s injury-related return to the field after a month-long absence.
Inter was recently disrupted by the calf injuries sustained by Marcelo Brozovic and Stefan de Vrij against Liverpool. Danilo D’Ambrosio will cover the Dutch defender in the back three. Simone Inzaghi, however, should be able to play his Croatian player in time.
After overcoming the COVID-19 infection in his lungs, Lautaro Martinez will take the lead. Felipe Caicedo, Felipe Caicedo, and Joaquin Correa will be joining them in the front.
Interestingly, Ivan Perisic, wingback, will be the third Croatian player with 200 Serie A appearances, following Milan Badelj and Brozovic. However, he has only faced Juventus once in the league.
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This season, no side has kept more clean sheets in Serie A than Juventus (13 as many as Napoli), while conceding only over three goals per game.
This record is undoubtedly Allegri’s contribution since his reappointment. Such discipline can help Inter to be held at bay and move up the table, with Vlahovic & Cuadrado ready to strike on the counter.