Inter Milan are considered to be rivals by Juventus
Juventus head coach Massimiliano Allegri sees Inter as Serie A rivals but does not believe their clash is as important as their Champions League meeting with the Young Boys.
Since winning a league, cup and European treble under Mourinho in 2010, the Nerazzurri have been far removed from the Scudetto race as several changes of ownership have forced periods of transition. However, after 14 games, Inter are looking a lot more promising for a top place.
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Juventus head into Friday’s match boasting an 11-point advantage over Inter at third-place, but Inter still remain to be contenders in the competition.
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Ahead of Friday night’s Derby d’Italia in Turin, head coach Allegri said at a press conference: “Regardless of where we are in the table, it will be a fascinating evening. It will be a technical and mental test against a team who have grown a lot, and that with Napoli are our rivals for the Scudetto.
“But I don’t care how our opponents are doing, we have to focus on ourselves. There are many points still to play for and a lot of games to go.”
Allegri added that the match is not one they are going to worry too much about, as their attention is on next Wednesday’s game.
“Wednesday’s game is more important,” Allegri said, explaining “because we’re playing for first place in the Champions League [group]. Tomorrow against Inter is just one game.”
Allegri has doubts over Rodrigo Bentancur, who is struggling with a back problem, but fellow midfielder Emre Can could feature at Allianz Stadium after returning to fitness following a thyroid issue.
Ronaldo will be expected to lead the line once more, with the Portuguese boasting eight goals in his last 10 appearances.
Spalletti, meanwhile, confirmed that Dalbert and Radja Nainggolan remain sidelined with injury.
On Inter’s chances in Turin, he said: “I have more belief because I think that the team are improving and showing the right attitude in games. We’ve had some good games of late, we’re an excellent side.
“There’s a significant gap in the table, it will be difficult to make it up. This is the bad news. The good news is that the chance of closing the deficit is on us and we’ll play to do so tomorrow.
“The team is what can always rescue you. A team’s strength can take you far and we’re a strong team.”