Juventus – Inter Milan: Determined Juve Get Win Over Misfiring Inter (2-0)
In a tight contest, Juventus got the better of Inter, overtaking their rivals in the table and relaunching their ambitions to join the fight for the top four spots. Massimiliano Allegri successfully planned the match around two different and interchangeable setups, on and off the ball, which found gaps in the Inter’s defense with quick offensive transitions. Inter put pressure on Juve in the first half but failed to convert potential chances.
Tactical analysis and match report written by Giovanni Cesaroni.
In a night where Juventus and Inter Milan squared off for yet another chapter of their intense rivalry, no more stumbles were allowed, for both teams, if they were to maintain their objectives intact, just a week away from the long World Cup break.
With just two points separating Inter and Juve in the table before the match, already well distanced from the running away leaders Napoli, this was a match that the two managers, Massimiliano Allegri and Simone Inzaghi, simply couldn’t afford to lose.
The heated rivalry added extra spice on top of a match that sprung a few tactical surprises, due to some unforeseen absences. On the home side, Allegri had to sideline an injured Dušan Vlahović, opting for a 3-5-1-1 formation in possession with Wojciech Szczęsny in goal, Danilo, Gleison Bremer and Alex Sandro the back three, Juan Cuadrado and Filip Kostić as the wing-backs, Manuel Locatelli, Adrien Rabiot and Nicolò Fagioli in midfield while Fabio Miretti supported striker Arkadiusz Milik from an attacking midfielder position.
On the away side, Simone Inzaghi chose to rest a not fully fit Alessandro Bastoni . . .