PRE MATCH: JUVENTUS VS INTER

Here we go. Round 2 of the second leg semi-final, between Juventus and Inter for the right to play in the Coppa Italia final.


Mirroring the ascendant form of Serie A top scorer and line-leading talisman Cristiano Ronaldo, Juventus have clicked into top gear in 2021.


Defeat to Inter last month - when Juventus coach Andrea Pirlo was singularly outmaneuvered by his former manager Antonio Conte - seems to have acted as something of a catalyst for the Bianconeri.

It has proved to be the only defeat they have suffered since the turn of the year, during a fixture-packed run featuring league, cup, and Supercoppa success - a six-game streak that has elevated them to third in the Serie A standings, just five points behind second-placed Inter, with a game still in hand.

In January, Juventus managed to turn over Milan, Napoli, and Inter - among several others - keeping clean sheets in all five league matches since losing at San Siro. Their latest victims, at the weekend, were close contenders Roma, who they leapfrogged in the league table as a result of a comfortable 2-0 victory - the highlight of which was Ronaldo's imperious left-footed opening strike.


It was the third goal in less than a week for the Bianconeri's main man, after Juve won the first leg of the Coppa semi thanks to his well-taken brace, overturning Inter's opener from Lautaro Martinez.


A rare away victory against the Nerazzurri was sweet revenge for Andrea Pirlo's side following their league loss just days before and will have boosted the confidence of a coach who, for all his magisterial playing capabilities, remains a rookie at the elite level - particularly getting one over on his wily counterpart Conte.

On Tuesday night, his side has it within their grasp to seal progress to the final and spoil their rivals' dreams into the bargain.

Final Analysis:

Having won 2-1 in the away leg, Juventus can even lose 1-0 on Tuesday and still secure qualification for the final, with extra time required only if Inter were to win 2-1 themselves.


Rarely beaten on home soil though, the Bianconeri can utilize their flyers on the flanks - Juan Cuadrado and Federico Chiesa - to counter Inter's undoubted strength in that area, thereby taking at a victory which will be enough to seal a spot in the final.




25 views0 comments
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Instagram