Nerazzuri must show their quality
Inter Milan will host defending champions Juventus at the San Siro this Sunday evening on the back of two disappointing results in their last two Serie A fixtures. It is now time Mancini’s men to show that they are still capable of a title challenge despite these two slip ups, or conversely, for Juventus to show their true quality, with a win seeing the Old Lady move into the top half of the table.
Traditionally, the Derby D’Italia has been a high profile match up providing the neutrals with some of Serie A’s most exciting encounters, but thing could be very different this time around with a Bianconeri plagued by injuries and severely lacking in confidence, and Roberto Mancini’s men registering even less goals than Juventus so far. Of course, Serie A fans will be skeptical of the predictability of the ‘form book’ in a fixture like this. Similar circumstances saw Mourinho’s team eight points ahead as well, yet it was Ferrara who came out victorious over the Nerazzuri. Coincidentally, goalscorer then Felipe Melo will be on the opposing side this time around.
Many players will once again be on display after returning from international duty but it is the uncalled Serie A’s youngest Capocannoniere in 38 years, Mauro Icardi, who will attract the eyes of many. Despite only two Serie A goals this season, his record against the Bianconeri is beyond reproach, scoring in each of his last five encounters. Juventus stalwart Leonardo Bonucci must put to rest his poor Azzurri display in the week as he once again faces the Argentine, with memoirs of previous blunders.
Inter head into this fixture with a relatively clean slate, with Miranda suspended and Nemanja Vidic still out with a long term injury. Gary Medel has been doubtful with a stomach issue and Felipe Melo skipped training yesterday with concerns over his ankle.
Juventus, contrastingly, have a host of injuries and will be without Rubinho and Evra who are both suspended. Caceres and Lichensteiner are not expected to travel to Milan. There are still concerns over the availability Pogba, Marchisio, Morata and Pereya who all had been declared as doubtful.