Candreva said Saturday’s matchup at the San Siro is more than just a rivalry game for the Nerazzurri.
“There are four matches left, any points that are allowed to slip could prove to be decisive,” Candreva said. “Definitely yes. The teams are all up there and we need to chase them and we can’t get anything wrong. We need to give our all in these four matches to qualify.”
He added that Inter understands Juventus’ track record of late and that their elimination from the Champions League could be a catalyst this weekend.
“We all know that Juventus have been the strongest team in Italy in recent years and they’ve shown that they can do well in Europe,” Candreva said. “We know that we’ll be up against a team that is angry but we need to focus on ourselves and how important a win would be.”
While last season the Nerazzurri defeated and drew against the Old Lady, this season there is much more on the line. Inter is one point back of Lazio and Roma for the fourth and final Champions League qualifying position. Conversely, Juventus sees itself in a tight battle with Napoli for the Scudetto – with one point separating the two teams atop Serie A.
With a full house expected at the San Siro Saturday, tension is expected to be high for both teams. Candreva said Inter “want to win for them (fans) and for ourselves.”
But, of course, a win keeps Inter on pace with Lazio and Roma. Roma will be taking on Chievo Saturday before the Derby d’Italia, while Lazio will face Torino on Sunday.
”I’d give anything to win and make the Champions League,” Candreva said.
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