Former Juventus left back Antonio Cabrini discussed the Derby d’Italia between the Bianconeri and Inter as well as tonight’s clash between the two sides in an interview in today’s paper edition of the Milano based newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport.
First, the 1982 World Cup winner discussed how tonight’s game at the Allianz Stadium in Turin will be played behind closed doors.
“On the pitch, little changes. What about the rest? It was a logical decision. We’re not talking about football, basketball or anything else here. We’re talking about a country’s health and football is not outside of the system.”
The 62-year-old Italian then spoke about Juventus’ clash against Hellas Verona in the Champions Cup in the 1985/86 season, which was also played behind closed doors.
“I remember the initial bewilderment, entering an empty pitch, without the buzz of the fans. It was very strange. But everything lasted only a short time, a few minutes.”
Cabrini highlighted how tonight’s game will be played out.
“A very tight game. Juve are coming from defeat in the Champions League, Inter from a period with a few missteps. Balanced.”
The 62-year-old touched on the values of both squads and if that’ll be displayed tonight.
“Inter never gives up. Juve can and will grow.”
He spoke about which coach is more ‘Juventus’, Maurizio Sarri or Antonio Conte.
“Conte for the life he’s made in Bianconeri, he will always have something inside him. I’m sure you don’t forget certain things, just look at him, it’s almost a given.”
Finally, Cabrini revealed further why he thinks Conte has more of a Juventus DNA than Sarri.
“In the sense that there’s a Bianconeri DNA and you can’t erase it. Whoever stays at Juve for so many years, and Conte has stayed for so long, both as a player and as a coach, can’t lose it. That’s the Bianconeri DNA, you don’t know what it is but you know you have it inside you.”
Juventus are currently second in the league table after playing 25 games, sitting two points behind league leaders Lazio, who have played 26 games.