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Inter Legend Speaks On What To Expect From The Derby D’Italia As Another Juventus Midfielder Picks Up A Knock

Written By Onyeka Daniel

Players are currently on international duty with their respective national teams, the last break for the year 2023, but right after it, One game that is getting a lot of attention is the clash between Juventus and Inter Milan, immediately after the international break.

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The Derby d’Italia will take place at Allianz Stadium in Turin, on Sunday, 26th November, a clash between the top two teams on the Serie A table currently. It will be a major showdown between the two main Scudetto contenders.

According to Germany and Inter Milan legend, Jurgen Klinsmann, it will be a closely contested match next weekend. Currently, Juve and Inter hold the top two positions in the league table, with Juventus trailing Inter by two points. In the event of a Juventus victory, they would leapfrog Inter to claim the top spot in the league standings.

Conversely, an Inter win would widen the gap to five points, reinforcing their position as leaders. The significance of staying close to Inter is not lost on Juventus, and their rivals also have a vested interest in Juventus keeping the race tight. A closely contested battle ensures that Inter does not establish a significant lead, similar to Napoli’s dominance in the previous season.


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Ahead of the game, former Inter star Klinsmann said: “An advantage from a physical and mental stress point of view, but I haven’t followed Allegri’s team that well to say how much they will be able to exploit it. “I know they suffer criticism, but I also know they win. Ahead-to-head heading up against Juventus is never easy.

“But it’s nice that this historic duel is ignited: the match on the 26th gives energy regardless of any stoppage or tiredness, we just hope to have more of it and gain a small advantage.” He said. Klinsmann also reserved special praise for summer signing, Marcus Thuram.

The Frenchman joined the Italian giants on a free transfer in the summer and quickly cemented himself as a pillar. The 26-year-old has already scored five goals and provided eight assists across all competitions since the start of the season. Therefore, Klinsmann feels that Thuram’s exploits have helped the club overcome the departures of Romelu Lukaku and Edin Dzeko.

“The memory of Lukaku and Dzeko was cumbersome, but Thuram isn’t making anyone regret their departures,” Klinsmann said in an interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport. “I was hoping he would adjust straight away, but in reality, he’s doing great already. “Marcus is simply Marcus, he’s different from everyone else. He’s a natural talent, but with the right mind to become a champion.

“It might have seemed like a gamble, but we can now say that Inter got it right with him. “In addition to the variety of his shots, Thuram’s secret is his smile. He faces challenges with good humor and is not afraid to take risks “He is proving to be a real Number 9 with his movement. He drives defenders crazy.”

The German icon also heaped praise on Inter captain Lautaro Martinez who has been firing on all cylinders since the start of the season. “After years of serving as an assistant to the center forward, Lautaro now occupies the area himself and scores one goal per game. “He counts on the presence of Thuram and the work of his teammates, but it is Lautaro who has become deadly.

“After all, at Inter, you only become captain at the age of 26 if you are special.” Finally, Klinsmann explained that former Bayern Munich duo Yann Sommer and Benjamin Pavard pushed hard to seal their respective transfers to Inter in the summer. “They have one thing in common, they wanted to come to Inter at all costs despite already being at a huge club.

“This Nerazzurri desire is an added value. Pavard is exceptional, he left a hole on the right side at Bayern. It’s just a shame he got injured. “Sommer, on the other hand, has been a rock for 10 or 15 years.” He further added.

Meanwhile…

In a related news, Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri was dealt another injury blow as Weston Mckennie returns to Turin prematurely. The 25-year-old was on the field for the duration of the match as the USMNT hosted Trinidad and Tobago in the CONCACAF Nations League.

The Americans emerged victorious 3-0 thanks to a late onslaught. But according to US Soccer, the midfielder had to leave his national team’s camp and make his way back to Italy. The source claims that McKennie is suffering from tendonitis in his left knee. This is reportedly a relapse from a previous injury.

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The player will undergo medical tests in the next few hours as Juventus are eager to find out the extent of his knock. Nevertheless, the report adds that the Texan’s return may have been a mere precautionary measure. Allegri will be crossing his fingers hoping for the best, as he’s already operating with a depleted midfield department.

Nicolo Fagioli and Paul Pogba are both suspended while Manuel Locatelli’s availability remains uncertain. Also, young midfielder, Fabio Miretti also left the camp of Italian u-21 team due to a knock and more information will be available in the next few days on his availability for the clash against Inter.

McKennie has been a regular feature in the Bianconeri’s line-up since returning from a brief loan spell at Leeds. He’s been operating either as a midfielder or a right wingback. Allegri will be hoping to rely on the American’s services against Inter next weekend. At this point, Frenchman, Adrien Rabiot is the only certainty for the Bianconeri in the midfield.

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