Andrea Barzagli, a former Juventus defender, gave a lengthy interview to Il Corriere dello Sport. Here are some excerpts:
DERBY D’ITALIA – “A decisive match more for Inter than for Juventus. Allegri’s men got off to a bad start, but from December onwards they have recovered and are now on the right path. Success against the reigning champions could fuel their dream of a run-up, but they would still have AC Milan and Napoli ahead. For Inter it will be an even more decisive match: a negative result would exacerbate the current crisis, while an affirmation would relaunch it in a big way. ”
FAVORITE– “Juventus have more certainties because, apart from elimination from the Champions League, they have returned from sixteen useful results in Serie A. the first place in the standings “.
THE COACHES – “Allegri is more pragmatic, Inzaghi is more devoted to the game. But who will prevail, I don’t know.”
VLAHOVIC VS. LAUTARO – “They are two different but very good attackers. I think the defences will be decisive, called to contain them, even if in such a balanced challenge it is often an episode that determines the result”.
TOWARDS THE SCUDETTO– “There is always a first time for everything (Pioli, Spalletti and Inzaghi never won it, ed.) And in any case, Spalletti took the championship in Russia home. It is undeniable that Allegri is the one with the most titles on the bulletin board, but it is also the one that starts furthest back in the standings. He cannot score more than 83 points and therefore the others will decide whether the Scudetto will be won by Juve or not. ”
POST RONALDO – “Having left at the end of August, there was a bit of imbalance because Cristiano is one who gives you a lot, not only in terms of goals. Allegri has also not found the same mentality as when he left and had to rebuild it. Thanks to the January investments in Vlahovic and Zakaria, Juve is different from last summer’s. ”