This “Derby d’Italia” is crucial in Juventus's path to the Champions League next season. The team from Turin has looked very vulnerable in the last couple of games in the race for a top-four spot. On the other hand, Inter has been the most consistent team in Serie A continuing to win after being crowned Champions of Italy. This game will be very tense, especially for Juventus, who are still fighting to play the champion league next season.
Inter has shown to be a very solid defensive team this season, allowing the fewest goals in Serie A. The team coached by Conte plays in a 3-5-2 formation which gives them a defensive presence. Their main weapon is their counterattack and their ability to pressure the ball high in some particular movements of the game. Their midfield is very tough defensibly and will be at their best in this game. Lukaku is their most important player, not only because of their scoring ability but also for the way he is able to shield the ball to create spaces for other players.
Defensively, Juventus must perfect and not allow silly mistakes that might end up in dangerous chances. Communication must be constant, especially on the right side where they will try to overload. The connection Lukaku - Hakimi - Barella can be lethal if not secure. The transition must be defended very carefully to avoid leaving players alone. Not allowing Brosovic or Ericksen to play from the back is also very important to destroy Inter's build-up. Set pieces must be defended very carefully against a team that has shown to be very dominant on the air.
Offensively, the “Bianconeri” must be fast and vertical to avoid organization in Inter’s defense. Longball to the spaces behind the defense could help stretch the defense. Attacking from the wings will be the most important part of the pitch. Good wing play will stretch the defense and allow a good inside game. Counterattack will be crucial for Juventus; they most use their pace to create dangerous chances. Set pieces can be a weapon if needed.
This game is going to be very important for Juventus. A loss could leave “La Vecchia Signora” out of the Champion League next year. A win will be required against Inter, the “Bianconeri” biggest rival. Juventus must give their best and must play with intelligence to win this game.