Saturday January 16 2021
Inter-Juventus: master against pupil

Juventus’ winning cycle began with Antonio Conte in the dug-out and Andrea Pirlo on the pitch. Ten years later the Inter coach has the opportunity to destroy what he created, writes Lorenzo Bettoni.

Ten years ago, Juventus were coming from two successive seventh place finishes in Serie A with Andrea Agnelli settling on Antonio Conte, a die-hard Juventus fan and a legend of the club, to return the Old Lady winning ways.

Of course, Conte couldn’t do it all on his own. Juventus signed Andrea Pirlo as a free agent from Milan and Arturo Vidal for €10m from Bayer Leverkusen. 

Nobody expected Juventus to win the Scudetto ahead of Max Allegri’s Milan who could count on the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva, just to name a few.

Possibly, the developments of the following ten years were even less predictable. The Bianconeri have won nine Serie A titles in a row, the first three with the current Inter coach in charge.

His relationship with Juventus collapsed after his third season at the club. Conte resigned on the second day of the pre-season in the 2014-15 campaign. He was convinced he couldn’t do any better with that team and he feared the club could not complete with the best European clubs in terms of investment.

His famous statement “You can’t eat in a €100 restaurant with €10” perfectly explained his feelings. 

Max Allegri proved him wrong in his first season at the club. The Livorno-born coach won a domestic double and earned a spot in the Champions League final for the first time in 12 years. That was the last game of Pirlo in a Juventus shirt.

The Old Lady lost 3-1 against Barcelona in Berlin, but their achievement remained impressive, considering Conte had been eliminated from Champions League the group stage in the previous campaign and failed to access the Europa League final that would have been played at the Juventus Stadium.

Conte never fixed his relationship with Andrea Agnelli who vetoed his possible return in the following campaigns.

His appointment as Inter coach in 2019, didn’t come as a surprise as he reunited with the former Juventus director Beppe Marotta, who also shockingly left Turin in 2018, only a few months after the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo, an operation he hadn’t completely backed.

Their No.1 target has always been very clear: destroy what they’ve contributed to create.

Inter will have a chance to do it on Sunday, when they host Andrea Pirlo’s Juventus at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza. A scenario that 10 years ago would be even less predictable than Juventus’ first Scudetto under Conte.

The Nerazzurri sit second in the Serie A table and are enjoying a four-point lead over the Bianconeri, who have one game in hand. 

Pirlo considers Conte one of his role models. “The teams of [Pep] Guardiola, [Carlo] Ancelotti and [Antonio] Conte left a big impression on me, but only to use as a prompt, I have no desire to copy and paste. I have my own ideas and I will take them forward,” ‘Il Maestro’ wrote in his thesis to obtain the UEFA PRO coaching license back in September.

When he was on the pitch, Pirlo used the be the ‘Maestro’ the ‘Master’, but in coaching terms he is still a student, having only just begun his career on the bench.

Ten years ago, neither him nor Conte would imagine such scenario. In all honesty, nobody could see that coming, even just one year ago.

Pirlo’s appointment last summer did come as a big surprise instead as he had been appointed as the new head coach of Juventus’ Under 23 squad only a few days earlier.

Conte is still a very young coach, but his ideas and methods have been crucial for Pirlo’s development as a coach.

Nevertheless, these Juventus and Inter sides could not be more different.

Conte doesn’t mind when Inter sit deep and try to score on counter attacks, while Pirlo wants his players to press high and regain possession as quickly as possible. They both use a three-man defence even if Juventus turn to a 4-4-2 system when defending. It must be said their style is also being defined by their strikers.

Romelu Lukaku’s presence up front allows Inter to use long balls to ease the opponents’ pressure, while having Cristiano Ronaldo cutting inside from the left is always a dangerous weapon Juventus can use. Not only because the Portuguese star can create troubles at any time, but also because he would attract the opponents’ defenders leaving his teammates freer to receive the ball.

Giorgio Chiellini has insisted the game between Inter and Juventus won’t be decisive, but the impression is that the losing side could suffer a huge set back in their title hopes, especially because neither of them are the table leaders.

Milan will be facing Cagliari on Monday after the Meazza clash and ironically Stefano Pioli’s side seem the most similar team to that brilliant Conte’s Juventus side that won the first of a long series of Serie A titles in a row.

Beating Juventus, however, could be the first step to put an end to the Old Lady’s dominant decade.


Have your say...

Love the way u ALWAYS come back despite saying u don't care/don't have time for it lol

Now, yet again, for the umpteenth time ... WHAT IS THE ANSWER TO THE QUESTION
on the 21st January, 2021 at 8:36pm
@Ita 1 I work within real estate in Spain. The private IG account viktorleander is plenty of pictures, do add me and have a look. The fact that you actually think I would make uo a imaginary life style say A LOT more about you rather than me. Hilarious. I have showed my hand, open cards, yet you try to mess around. Pathetic.
on the 21st January, 2021 at 1:30pm

I've spoken multiple times about football on here. Don't be silly trying to suggest otherwise lol. Do you need to me to copy and paste ALL the football-related stuff I've written? Do u? Are u that slow on the uptake that u can't even see where I've written about football? Hmm?

No pics of u on that at all, just photoshopped estate agent pics

and who are u to tell FI what to "pass"?

and u most certainly do care! lol

on the 21st January, 2021 at 10:35am
Besides from that, maybe you should review @ITA 1 , @FI as he speaks absolutely zero about football and only focus personal attacks on people... getting somewhat like a broken record. Not sure why it gets passed by the review.. I don't really care but it messes up the feed/topic.
on the 21st January, 2021 at 8:02am
@ITA 1

Homey... feel free to follow me on IG at viktorleander or viktormarbella .. Say hi... and I prove it to you little man. Don't be ashamed, its all good.
on the 21st January, 2021 at 7:59am

Yes, but I asked u did u understand ENGLISH, Vicky. Did I write to u in those other languages u pretend to know? look at your desperate attempt to elevate your life like u did by pretending u live in Marbella!

why do u have to pretend to be something you're not? how needy are u?

now ... that question u were asked!

your dodging has long since become as embarrassing as your imaginary lifestyle achievements

did u make these "achievements" up to substitute for Milan's failures?
on the 20th January, 2021 at 9:00pm
@ITA 1

Oh please don't go down that road...Spanish, German, English, Swedish some Danish as well.. so yeah I do understand.

Your question again, is irrelevant. Thats what you keep misunderstanding. You statement on the other hand is of highest relevance to the conversation.

I think you should give it a rest as you running in circles at the moment.
on the 20th January, 2021 at 3:16pm

and quit saying "you" all the time when referring to me and Juve, you simple chap lol. i told u multiple times I don't like Juve.

do I need to write it out for you five more times? ten?
on the 20th January, 2021 at 1:23pm
You have to be slow haha

I said "It's the worst squad for a long time". Which it is. Do you understand plain English, Viktor? Do you?

Now, are you going to keep dodging, or are you going to answer that question?

Let me know so I don't have to waste even more time with a coward who can't reply with a straight answer to a question.
on the 20th January, 2021 at 1:08pm
@ITA 1

Come visit anytime from your little hole, Urbanication Las Arenas, Edifico Malta, portal 2, Bahia De Marbella. Sun is shining here pretty much 300 days a year so for once you were right.

Just because you getting weaker doesn't mean you are not strong..How is that so hard to understand. So Chiesa and Kulawski are not worth a dime because their young?? Please you ridiculous
on the 20th January, 2021 at 7:52am

JUST BECAUSE ITS WEAKER DOESNT MEAN ITS NOT GOOD.. Are you actually saying that Juve has a bad squad?? Between the lines are you actually saying Juve compared to 2015 has a bad squad because that is NONSENSE
on the 20th January, 2021 at 7:47am

the answer to that question I asked you last week about how many of the 36 available trophies Roma/Lazio/Napoli/Inter/Milan won in the last 9 years ... the question you're too cowardly to answer ... is FIVE trophies

Five from 36. So yes they have been loser clubs in recent years - withyour team being the crowning wooden spoon debacle of Italian football

Trophies in the last 9 years of Juve's dominance:

all coppa italias, the lowest of the 4
on the 19th January, 2021 at 9:38pm

You are an odd little fella!

First of all, why do you keep saying "you" and "yours"? I don't support Juve anymore than Milan.

That's you transferring blame again like we've seen you do recently

Yes, Vik, how many would get into the 2015 side? I asked you ... no answer as usual. Just another dodge.

How many would get into that team? Give me your 11 from '15 and '21 squads. Go on. Try answering a question straight for a change.

Your 11 is ...?
on the 19th January, 2021 at 9:24pm

No one is paying attention to me? No, but YOU certainly are!

did all the sun in your imaginary home in Marbella go to your head?

5 players don;t make a squad, Viktor. didn't u know that? It IS the weakest in years - you've JUST SAID SO YOURSELF lol.

Can't believe u contradict yourself in the same line: you say they're losing dominance/getting weaker (said here and in other posts), then straight away claim their squad (of 5 players (one out of form, 2 more youngsters) is very strong
on the 19th January, 2021 at 9:17pm

"How many of the current lot would get into the 2015 CL final team?"

So let me get this straight, just because its not equally good to the squad you had 2015 you have weakest squad in years, coincidently the same year you are trailing.

MUST be the squad, cannot be the fact that you so far are underachieving. Nope, most the mediocre, average squad that has NOTHING to do with the £207,455,560 a year you pay for your shamefully below pair squad. There is nothing wrong with your squad.
on the 19th January, 2021 at 6:55pm
@ITA 1

Little man, why ask question you already know the answer to? You are starting to get boring. Thats why no-one pay attention to you.

I keep saying the same thing but you seem to not pay attention, winds are changing, I honestly believe Juve slowly is losing its dominance and its refreshing for the league and refreshing for ppl rooting for other teams.

Blaming "the weakest squad In years" when you have Dybala, Di Ligt, Chiesa, Ronaldo, Kulawski etc says it all... yeah super weak.
on the 19th January, 2021 at 6:50pm
Pirla got schooled by Conte and looks like he spends more time coiffing then motivating his team. Juve has spent a fortune this year and in the past 10 years to win the league while other teams have suffered with poor management ( Milan & Inter)and a weak Italian economy. Few Italian teams have the resources of the Agnelli family and Juve should be lauded for being the most competetive team in Italy but you can never buy the desire or "grinta" on the pitch to succeed. Right now Juve lacks both.
on the 19th January, 2021 at 2:03pm

Don't expect an answer from Viktor Baby anytime soon haha.

i'm still waiting for him to tell me how many of the 36 big trophies over the last 9 years have been won by milan/Inter/Roma/Napoli/lazio. I asked him multiple times in another post, but he first ignored the question, and then vanished altogether haha.

Any answer now VIKTOR?

How many?
on the 18th January, 2021 at 9:06pm

Didn't turn anything around and "make it about other teams" lol.

Juve: I mentioned
Other teams: I mentioned.

That's the essence of a football league: The winner and the others. Obviously one effects the other, yes?

And they don't go that far in the CL in recent seasons (the ones I'm clearly talking about) Out to Ajax and Lyon.

These last 2 seasons have been the weakest Juve squads in a long time, haven't they?

How many of the current lot would get into the 2015 CL final team?
on the 18th January, 2021 at 8:59pm
Juve was warned Arthur is slow and they signed him anyway. He wasn't even playing yesterday so the next one lined up, Bentancur was just as slow. Sleepwalking, not motivating his teammates just walking with no drive. Juve could take a page out of Atalanta's midfield and learn out how to run and move the ball quickly. Keeping the ball for the sake of possession is BS if you can't drive the ball with aggression and pace.
on the 18th January, 2021 at 7:50pm
Now on to FARBIAN. By picking a name on the internett you somehow think you are not anonymous? You then use "lol" besiclly proving your mental age is 14. All you seem to do on this site is to regurgitate the same stuff over, and over. I don't mind being a fool it's way better than what you are exhibiting. Insanity;)
on the 18th January, 2021 at 7:15pm
One thing i can say about you Viktor is that i respect you as a person & fan of Milan, but if you wondering why i will not respect Milan, and i should also add Inter. You can find it all if you Google: Calcio's Greatest Shame. Not that i think you will read it:) As for this blog i'm not comming back to it so see you on the next one;)
on the 18th January, 2021 at 7:13pm
You’re welcome Fabrizzio
on the 18th January, 2021 at 6:56pm
Thanks Anonymous for your suggestion to google 'Calcio's Greatest Shame'.

It is excellent and an essential article to read If you have any interest in Serie A.
on the 18th January, 2021 at 3:28pm
fabio paratici is the best juventus director. he gonna make rubentus slump into series B. imagine club with strong financial backing and buying useless player and sacked sarri after only 1 year. sarri never has luxury choosing player he want as pirlo yet he sacrificed his play style to accommodate rubentus and make them their 9th titles in 9 years. hopefuly paratici gonna continue destroyed rubentus.
on the 18th January, 2021 at 11:45am
Hi Guys, i just came on toe see if Marco Branca was here, but he only sings when he is winning. Long way to go in this league.
on the 18th January, 2021 at 11:28am
Damn midfield and LB issues! Juve have tried to resolve the midfield dilemma with Arthur, but he hasn't hit expectations (although lack of preseason & new country/league doesn't make it easy) and Sandro is always injured, with inexperienced back up available. The solution? For me, 3/4 signings. They need to do everything to get the likes of
Locatelli, De Paul & Re-sign Spinazzola. Maybe a striker (Scamacca or Milik) is needed too, but I think Kulusevski could be used a striker alternative.
on the 18th January, 2021 at 10:41am

Again, I like how you turn it around making it about other teams "The fact that none of them could beat an average Juve"

How have Juve been average, they gone far in CL, they win the League every year, They haven been average, not sure where you get that from. Blaming average squad is just weak, cmon look at Milans squad this season, we of anyone got an average squad
on the 18th January, 2021 at 7:49am
Cont. lautaro is an awesome talent but he MUST start finishing goals. He contributes so much on field and helps our play but let’s himself down when finishing. Almost becoming mental issue I think this season. Will definitely be able to overcome, he’s shown awesome finishing skills at times so we know it exists, just needs to be more consistent in front of goals.
on the 18th January, 2021 at 1:28am
Good performance, first time in a while we played 90 minutes of good football. However these missed chances are starting to become embarrassing. Lost to
Milan after missing easy goals, shakhtar travesties, should of beaten Atalanta/Roma/Lazio. By far the best in serie a this season, should be lots of daylight on top. Disappointing to miss so many easy chances even if it’s great Wer top scorers and creating a lot. As much as I don’t think icardi contributed to the team game, he didn’t miss.
on the 18th January, 2021 at 1:26am

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