When: Sunday, September 18, 12:00 ET / 18:00pm CET.
Where: Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milan, Italy.
It will be hard to forget Inter's disastrous performance against Hapoel in the exact same stadium where the Derby d'Italia will be played tomorrow, but it will be necessary, especially for the players because there are a lot of matches left to play and we are only in the first chapters of what could (and should) be a redemption year for the Nerazzurri.
I'm usually confident every time Inter is playing, even though I'm not always optimistic. This time I am neither of those two things and Thursday's debacle has nothing to do with it. The main reasons why I think Juve will win tomorrow's match are basically three.
- They have the better squad of the Serie A and probably one of the best squad in the history of the league. Pogba's departure this summer left an undeniable void in what was one of the best midfield of the world, a void that Khedira and Pjanic with the help of less talented, yet tireless, teammates were ready to fill with the help of Allegri's tactical preparation. Plus, they added Higuain, one of the best striker the Serie A have ever seen to help Dybala destroy the opposing defense.
- Inter is still a work in progress. De Boer arrived a little more than a month ago and the team still struggles to understand what their new manager wants from them. The ball still moves too slowly during the buildup and the midfield still hasn't reached the level of creativity to allow the team to dominate every match like FdB would like to do despite Banega's presence. Medel can't create anything no matter where he plays and even if he is playing, the defense is too often exposed to counter-attacks also because of the low quality of the fullbacks.
- Juventus have confidence, Inter have pressure. Even though both teams approach the match after a disappointing result in their respective European competition, the Bianconeri lead the Serie A with a perfect record so far and it doesn't seem they are ready to stop their run yet. On the other hand, the Nerazzurri have collected just four points in three matches against average/weak teams and still have a lot of unresolved issues like the ones I pointed out earlier.
Even if I don't think Inter is going to win or even draw tomorrow, I do hope it will be a fun match to watch. I also hope we manage to score at least once to at least prove Gabriel Barbosa, who fortunately arrived just yesterday and didn't get to watch the Hapoel match from the stands, that he made a good choice signing for the Nerazzurri.
Predicted Starting XIs
Inter (4-2-3-1): Handanovic; Santon, Miranda, Murillo, Nagatomo (WTF?!); Joao Mario, Medel; Candreva, Banega, Perisic; Icardi.
Juventus (3-5-2): Buffon; Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini; Lichtsteiner, Khedira, Pjanic, Asamoah, Alex Sandro; Dybala, Higuain.
How to Watch
TV: Sky Calcio 1 HD, Sky Sport 1 HD, Sky Supercalcio HD, (Italy); BT Sport 2 (UK); RAI International, beIN SPORTS USA (USA).
Online: BT Sport Live Streaming (UK); beIN SPORTS CONNECT (USA); Sky Go (Italy), fuboTV.