At San Siro, no one will give up even one centimeter. The duel between Antonio Conte and Andrea Pirlo is an additional intrigue for this derby.
Inter-Juventus – this is not just a football match. Often, the confrontation between these teams goes beyond the field. Inter-Juventus is the main game in Italy – at least, years ago it was called the ‘Grand Derby d’Italia’, which means that there is no more important football match in Italy.
Two teams and two stories – never passed without the emotions of the great Italian derby, and unforgettable confrontations have taken place many times in the recent or distant past. Expectations are the same now.
After all, the tournament load is huge.
Inter started the year 2021 unbelievably after 8 consecutive victories and gained points in the last two matches of Serie A (against Sampdoria and Roma). Juventus, on the other hand, won all the games in 2021, including three in Serie A, and reduced their 9-point deficit to 5 points against Nerazzurri in those three rounds (Juve have also played less than the game). In the middle of the week, they both played in the Italian Cup. They had planned to win by saving their strength. But they both had to play extra time and even won. Yet, how much energy they saved, it is difficult to say.
The legendary Marcello Lippi said before the game that the main defect of the Turinese and Milan at this time is the over-reliance on Ronaldo and Lukaku.
On the other hand, another living legend of Italian football, Fabio Capello, believes that Juve are no longer dependent on Ronaldo as before due to the recent games. For reference, the Turinese beat Milan 3: 1 in such a way that Ronaldo lost nothing of value. Then he was in the shadows with Sassuolo and Genoa. Here, without Lukaku, Inter are really struggling. So, it seems as if Conte’s team will lose half of its power without the Belgian.