Team News and Tactics
Frank De Boer’s side were the only team in Italy that matched Juventus’ exploits on the transfer market this year signing high profile players of international repute to add to a team that already boasted the likes of Ivan Perisic, Jeison Murillo and Mauro Icardi. Coach Frank De Boer rested several key players in the midweek fixture so that they are ready against a more formidable opposition in the weekend. On paper, Inter are the only team in Italy that has a midfield which equals the Juventus midfield in terms of quality. New signing Joao Mario is expected to start in midfield alongside Ever Banega and Geoffrey Kondogbia as the Nerazzuri would like to control more ball-possession and monitor the movements of the dangerous Sami Khedira, who has scored multiple times this season already with his trademark runs from the box.
Probable lineup (4-3-3): Handanovic; Nagatomo, Murillo, Miranda, D’Ambrosio; Kondogbia, Banega, Joao Mario; Perisic, Icardi, Candreva.
While the Champions League has been historically a bogey tournament for the Bianconeri, they have been the most successful side in Serie A. Juventus’ blistering form saw them ease past Sassuolo last week, one of the most competitive sides in Serie A over the last 3 seasons.
Allegri made some surprise decisions in midweek resting Miralem Pjanic and playing Gabonese Mario Lemina. The Bosnian international is therefore fully rested and ready to start from the first minute against Juve’s bitter rivals alongside Sami Khedira and Kwadwo Asamoah.
Juventus will probably still stick to the 3-5-2 formation in Italy and might revert to a more attacking 4-3-3 formation in Europe. As a result, Juve’s galloping fullbacks will be their strongest point going into this game as everyone in Italy is aware of Inter’s weakness in both the left and the right sides of the defence.
Probable lineup (3-5-2): Buffon; Benatia, Bonucci, Chiellini; Lichtsteiner, Khedira, Pjanic, Asamoah, Alex Sandro; Dybala, Higuain.
Inter Milan – Ever Banega
The second Argentine to make it to this segment ahead of compatriot Mauro Icardi. Ever Banega has already shown in terms of quality and acumen what an asset to this Inter side he is. His midfield duel with Pjanic will be most eagerly anticipated by analysts and pundits all across Italy