It is truly amazing how this evening’s Inter-Juventus has again sparked the debate on the opportunity for the Bianconeri to be ugly and winning, as if for them there was no other dimension than this one. Now it is true that historically Juventus has always been a team pragmatic and not very or not spectacular at all, but the use of coaches such as Sarri and / or even Pirlo appeared as proof that some attempt had to be made. The return of Allegri and his positive mini-series – in the league and in the Champions League – made up of micragnosis 1-0 has in fact relaunched the phase of the restoration so adherent to the motto of the house: “Winning is not important, it’s the only thing that matters”. Of course it doesn’t matter how.
Convinced, on the other hand, that if you play well, that is, with a pleasant plot, rhythm and intensity, it will be easier to win, I’m not at all certain that Juve have too many chances of success tonight. On the other hand, in fact, he will find a team – Inter – that has reached a qualification in the Champions League certainty of performance, which has confidence in itself and, certainly more than Juventus, believes in collective play.
Likely that Allegri, in his intention to play on Simone Inzaghi, re-propose the 3-5-2 with Bonucci, Chiellini and de Ligt in the middle and Cuadrado and Alex Sandro outside. But if Bonucci, as it seems, is not at his best, then the defense will be four, with de Ligt and Chiellini at the center. Simone Inzaghi, on the other hand, has no doubts about the game system (3-5-2), nor about the men who will make it up: Bastoni, despite the competition from Dimarco, should join Skriniar and de Vrij with Darmian and Perisic on the outside. The novelty will be in midfield where Vidal will play together with Barella and Brozovic. Naturally the strikers will be Dzeko, in great form, and Lautaro Martinez, always one step away from scoring.
Honestly, the comparison between the two midfield sectors appears merciless. On the one hand, perhaps the best department in Italy and, on the other, apart from Locatelli and Bentancur, practically nothing. It is perhaps also for this reason that Allegri has not completely discarded the idea of 4-4-2. There would be a greater number of one-on-one duels, but a better balance.
Where, on the other hand, there is no comparison, it is in attack: Juve, already without Dybala – returns but goes to the bench – will also have to do without Kean. There are many hypotheses and none really convincing. The most obvious is that Chiesa is playing behind Morata. The former Florentine has class and speed, but thinking that he is a striker in all respects is wrong.
Basically, apart from the modules and the men, Inter should win tonight and they have no other results than the victory. There are two reasons: to permanently eliminate Juventus from the Scudetto race and remain not too far from Naples and Milan.
Same goals for Juve: winning would mean at least cultivating the illusion of returning in the highest levels of the standings, while the defeat would condemn to mediocrity, another season with minor goals (from the Super Cup to the Italian Cup) and perhaps without any title. More than a prospect, a nightmare.