December 9, 2021

DSTV Watch: ‘Derby d’Italia’ takes centre stage

By Football256 Team
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Juventus Federico Chiesa in action during the Italian Serie A soccer match Juventus FC vs AS Roma at Allianz Stadium in Turin, Italy, 17 october 2021. EPA/ALESSANDRO DI MARCO

The ‘Derby d’Italia’, or derby of Italy, between Internazionale and Juventus, is a meeting of two of Italy’s traditional powerhouse clubs and also the last two Serie A title winners, with the Nerazzurri having dethroned the Bianconeri last term.

For the big clash at the San Siro, Juve manager Massimiliano Allegri is hoping to see his side improve a particular aspect of their play after recovering from their poor start to the 2021-22 season.

“We need to improve the dribble. At the beginning we lost too many balls on the diagonals where the centre forward had to be the director of the team,” explained the veteran tactician.

“When you play with a team to man, the more you move the more you take away from him,” he added. 

Inter Milan’s Lautaro Martinez reacts during the Italian Serie A soccer match between FC Inter and Atalanta at Giuseppe Meazza stadium in Milan, Italy, 25 September 2021. EPA/MATTEO BAZZI

Inter boss Simone Inzaghi, meanwhile, has called on his team to be at their peak to meet the challenge offered by Juventus

“It will not be a simple game. They play very good football and have excellent individual quality. We will need the best Inter to get a result,” said Inzaghi, who added: “We are in a good place, but we can still improve.”

Key players

Lautaro Martinez – The Argentine striker has become Inter’s main man in attack after the departure of Romelu Lukaku, and he has stepped up to the challenge in impressive style. Martinez’s aggression and directness will set the tone for the Nerazzurri’s play.

Federico Chiesa – Juve’s star winger/attacking midfielder has the verve and charisma to become a generation-defining player in the black and white, but if he is to begin a great legacy then he must lead the Turin club to victories in major games such as this one.

Head-to-head stats

In head-to-head stats, Inter and Juve have met in 241 official matches since 1909. The Bianconeri have 110 wins compared to 72 for the Nerazzurri, while 59 games have been drawn.

The teams met four times last season, with Inter winning the first Serie A clash 2-0 at home, before Juve secured a 2-1 aggregate win across two legs of a Coppa Italia tie, and then claimed a 3-2 home triumph in the second league clash, played in May of this year.

Inter’s forward Edin Dzeko celebrates after scoring the 2-1 lead during the Italian Serie A soccer match between ACF Fiorentina and Inter Milan at the Artemio Franchi stadium in Florence, Italy, 21 September 2021. EPA/CLAUDIO GIOVANNINI

Battles to watch

Simone Inzaghi v Massimiliano Allegri – Inzaghi v Allegri has something of the ‘apprentice v master’ about it, but Inter’s boss will be hoping to outsmart his highly regarded counterpart and guide his team to a key home victory.

Edin Dzeko v Giorgio Chiellini – Dzeko has done a great job in filling the boots of Lukaku and providing an attacking focal point, but he’ll come up against a canny and cynical opponent in Chiellini, who will look to delve into the ‘dark arts’ of defending.

Nicolo Barella v Manuel Locatelli – Two of Italy’s best and brightest midfielders will battle for control of the ‘engine room’, with the player coming out on top set to hand his team a path to dominance in this heavyweight clash.

Match broadcast details – All times EAT

Sunday 24 October – 2145

Internazionale v Juventus – LIVE on SuperSport Football and SuperSport GOtv Select 1

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