The eagerly awaited clash between Inter and Juventus in the Serie A title race is just around the corner. Following their triumph against Fiorentina, Simone Inzaghi’s squad reclaimed the top spot with a one-point advantage (and a game in hand) over the Bianconeri.
Inter have a golden opportunity to extend their lead significantly in the league. A victory would propel them four points clear with a match still to be played. The showdown is scheduled for Sunday, February 4th, at 20:45 at the iconic San Siro Stadium.
Inter coach Simone Inzaghi opened his press conference with a reflection on the significance of the upcoming match against Juventus:
“The game against Juventus is crucial, but not decisive. It will be highly contested. The first leg was not an exciting encounter. We will strive to deliver an outstanding performance in front of our fans. As for the title race, I am not concerned with what others say. We don’t hide.”
Assessment of Juventus:
The Nerazzurri’s coach then turned his attention to Juventus, acknowledging them as a formidable opponent: “They are a great team, and their journey in the league has been similar to ours. We are preparing for the match in the best possible way. Winning is the objective. The standings are close; we need to be smart. We have immense respect for Juventus, but we will give our best. Having faced them many times before, Sunday’s match will be evenly balanced. We need to use our heads and hearts. Juventus players are on an extraordinary path.”
Handling the Pressure:
Inzaghi discussed the pressure surrounding the match: “Both teams will feel the pressure, but they will be happy to play this game. It’s right that there is pressure, but we should be proud to play it.”
Team Readiness and Significance of the Match:
“My players are training well. Today’s session is still pending. We are all available except Cuadrado. This match holds tremendous value,” added Simone Inzaghi. Reflecting on the importance of the game, he emphasized, “From my perspective, we are Inter. We are aware of our significant responsibilities. We have had excellent performances, but our journey is just beginning. In January, we played five games in 22 days and secured victories. We must continue in this manner and look ahead.”
Praise for Allegri:
Concluding his remarks, Inzaghi commended Massimiliano Allegri, saying, “He is a winning coach, experienced and practical. I admire him as a coach. This year, I have witnessed an excellent Juventus. They have done remarkably well to keep pace with Inter.”