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Written By Onyeka Daniel

Over the weekend, it was the Derby d’Italia, at the Allianz Stadium in Turin with Juventus and Inter Milan sharing the spoils in a thrilling match. The home side had opened the scoring, Dusan Vlahovic scored his first goal in over two months to give Juventus the lead in the first half.

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But only a few minutes later, Lautaro Martinez equalized, and that was how the game ended with Inter dominating possession while the Bianconeri were content to sit back and try to hit the Nerazzurri on the break.

According to legendary Italian manager, Fabio Capello, he feels that the goals scored ‘ruined the game’ because they convinced Massimiliano Allegri and Simone Inzaghi to adopt a defensive approach, but the Nerazzurri disappointed him more. Capello analysed the game in an interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport.

“Juventus needed a further confidence boost and play on par with Inter. Max is still close to the leaders and is keeping a positive environment, which is important,” said the former Juventus and Milan coach. “I don’t think Juventus could do more, given the absentees.


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“Nicolussi Caviglia made his debut as a starter and he was quite good. Inter have more quality and it’s a pity they played as Inter only for five minutes when they were down. “I expect the best team in the league to be more daring to win. Inter have the potential to be runaway leaders like Napoli last season,” continued the 77-year-old. “In Turin, they completed 680 passes to create little.

“I think Yann Sommer had more touches than the two strikers. After the equaliser, they just waited for a chance that didn’t come.” Capello feels the two goals ruined the show in Turin on Sunday. “We didn’t see great desire to win on either side. The two goals ruined the rest of the game because both were scored from counter-attacks,” he explained.

“The coaches must have thought: ‘It’s not possible, come on!’ and in the second half, the game became boring. I watch many games from other European leagues, where they play vertical football and try to hurt their opponents every time they have the ball. Here, it’s different.”

Despite Sunday’s draw in Turin Capello believes Inter are still title favourites. “By far, I am not the only one saying so. It’s a common opinion that they only have themselves to blame if they don’t win the title. That’s why I expected something more from Inzaghi’s team on Sunday,” he concluded.

Inter visit Benfica in the Champions League on Wednesday, while Juventus will play the next league game on Friday, away at Monza. The Bianconeri are two points below Serie A table leaders Inter, who have the best attack and the less-beaten defense in Italy.

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Milan Mayor Beppe Sala believes that the Nerazzurri have not made as much progress in their new stadium plans as AC Milan have. Speaking to reporters, the Milan Mayor also gave his thoughts on possible transportation problems that the two clubs each having their own stadiums could cause.

One thing that now looks perfectly clear is that Inter and Milan are each pursuing their own stadium projects. And that both clubs are ready to build outside of the city of Milano. For the Rossoneri, that has meant pursuing plans in the San Donato area. Milan were the first of the two teams to lose patience with the constant bureaucratic delays.

But Inter have also all but abandoned the idea of replacing the San Siro with a new stadium which they would share with their city rivals. The Nerazzurri now look to be going full speed ahead in the Rozzano area. In the view of Milan Mayor Sala, in any event, it is Milan who are further along. The mayor remarked that “I haven’t spoken to the clubs lately.”

“To be clear, I’ve spoken with the Mayor of San Donato recently. It’s clear that the Rossoneri are determined to move forward.” “But they still have some issues to resolve,” he continued. “The first of which relates to movement and traffic.” As far as Inter’s plans in Rozzano, Sala said that “They seem to be lagging further behind.”

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“And furthermore, that would double the issues with movement and traffic,” the Milan Mayor observed. “Already, getting the authorizations for the Olympics was a major problem,” he said. “So it won’t be simple.” “The second is the issue of policing,” Sala noted. “The mayor of San Donato said ‘You can lend them to us.”

“I’m not trying to be malicious. But I’m saying you can’t count on it,” Sala said. “I have a citizenry that asks me for more police on the street,” he said. “I can’t give them to San Donato.” He further added.

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