Cruz: “Juventus v Inter is the Derby d’Italia”

Cruz: “Juventus v Inter is the Derby d’Italia”
January 4, 2015 17:10
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On 29 November 2003, Alberto Zaccheroni’s Inter were due in Turin to meet Marcello Lippi’s Juventus. It was Week 11 and the Nerazzurri weren’t given much of a chance in the media, as they attempted to win at the Delle Alpi with a number of first team regulars missing.

‘Zac’ though was able to pick Julio Ricardo Cruz, a real thorn in Juve’s side: “I remember the days leading up to that match,” said the former Nerazzurri number 9, as he thought back to that evening. “It was a huge game, because we were coming into it off the back of a tough week and Inter hadn’t won at Juventus for a number of years. Every supporter I met in the street asked me to bring home the three points. In the build-up to the game we could really feel the support of the crowd. Everyone was trying to get us up for it. We were there to make history. And we did just that.”

An unforgettable occasion, with ‘El Jardinero’ really making his mark on the contest: “We won 3-1 and I scored two. It was amazing for me but it was above all important for the fans. The match against Juventus means everything to them, it’s the ‘Derby d’Italia’. It’s impossible to forget their joy after that victory.”

The name of Julio Ricardo Cruz is synonymous with Juventus v Inter: “I’m pleased they still remember me all these years later. I will always be grateful that I was able to play in so many big games for Inter. They’re the matches any player would want to be involved in, games you never forget.”


By Olof Svensson