Giovanni Trapattoni won the Scudetto with both Inter and Juventus, so gives his verdict on tonight’s Derby d’Italia. “They are very different teams.”
The Republic of Ireland manager won six Serie A titles in Turin in 1977, 78, 81, 82, 84 and 86 before going to San Siro where he conquered the tournament in 1989.
“They are very different teams,” Trap told the Corriere dello Sport newspaper ahead of this evening’s showdown.
“Juve are more organised, balanced and have not lost in 49 Serie A games. Inter have great individuals who with their flashes of brilliance have enabled the club to notch up a series of important results and they could be enough to cause an upset in Turin too.”
The Nerazzurri leapfrogged Napoli into second place, leading many to believe this will be the real Scudetto showdown of the season.
“I do believe Inter are the anti-Juve this term. The Nerazzurri are playing well and that spark has set alight Andrea Stramaccioni’s men. The group is working well together and they have excellent results,” continued Trapattoni.
“When two great teams face off, it is always going to be a tight encounter, so a draw is likely. Andrea Pirlo sets the tempo for Juve, while I really like Diego Milito, as he has the characteristics of Paolo Rossi.”
Finally, the Republic of Ireland manager joined the call for technology to be used in refereeing.
“I’d say video evidence can help to reduce refereeing errors. I have been heavily penalised by referees in my career... I am not just referring to Thierry Henry’s handball in the France-Ireland play-off.
“All sports now use technology, so why can’t football do the same?”