In Turin, Italy, on April 04, Simone Inzaghi, the manager of FC Internazionale, and Massimiliano Allegri, the manager of Juventus, warmly hugged each other before the first leg match of the Coppa Italia Semi Final between Juventus FC and FC Internazionale at Allianz Stadium. This eagerly awaited showdown between Juventus and Inter Milan has the potential to significantly influence the outcome of the Serie A championship this season, as suggested by James Horncastle, the Serie A expert from TNT Sports. The game on Sunday, November 26 at 19:45 UK time will be shown live on TNT Sports. According to Horncastle, this match is particularly important due to the impressive performances of both teams this season. Nevertheless, it is important to highlight that the Derby d’Italia is already recognized as the most significant match in Italy, characterized by a century-long rivalry. It is highly anticipated and considered one of the top matches in Serie A. In the current season, both teams have been at the forefront of Italian football. Inter currently lead the league with 10 victories out of 12 matches and a total of 31 points. Juventus, on the other hand, are closely trailing with nine wins and a draw from their 12 games.
Horncastle, in anticipation of the match, expressed his enthusiasm for what is expected to be an extraordinary event. He emphasized the significance of Inter’s journey to the Champions League final last season and their performance against eventual champions Manchester City, which has instilled a newfound confidence in them under the guidance of Simone Inzaghi.
According to Horncastle, the Derby d’Italia is the first major game following the international break and has the potential to be an early determinant in the race for the title. In his opinion, Inter seems to be the most formidable team in Serie A at the moment, exuding a certain charm since their participation in the Champions League final. Their strong belief in their capabilities is evident through their dominant performances, such as their impressive 5-1 triumph over AC Milan in the Milan derby.
Shifting his attention towards Juventus, Horncastle acknowledged the predictions of a challenging season for the Old Lady due to their financial difficulties. However, he proposed that not participating in European football might have actually worked to their advantage. By focusing on one match each week, Juventus can meticulously strategize and execute their gameplan, leading to consistent outcomes. Despite the obstacles they have encountered, they have successfully maintained their defensive record and achieved triumphs through perseverance. Additionally, Horncastle emphasized the comeback of Federico Chiesa after his injury, which has strengthened their offensive capabilities.
To summarize, Horncastle suggests that the Derby d’Italia will offer an initial insight into the possible outcome of the Serie A championship. Both Inter and Juventus have displayed their excellence throughout the season, and this eagerly awaited confrontation will undoubtedly be an exhilarating spectacle.