Former AC Milan defender Alessandro Costacurta discussed this season’s title race between Inter and Juventus in an interview with Italian broadcaster Sky Sports Italia yesterday.
“I think Juventus are still ahead. The difference between last season and this one will be a great enthusiasm and an awareness from much of the squad that this could be their last year.
“I think this will help Andrea Pirlo, with everything that he may lack in his first year as a coach, to create a sort of pact within the locker room.
“He is a special guy and bring enthusiasm, he can stimulate the new players. That’s why for me Juve will finish ahead of Inter.”
Pirlo has never held a coaching role before this season and so will be treading untested ground whilst in charge of the Bianconeri, who have won the last nine Serie A seasons.
Inter coach Antonio Conte’s position at the club was confirmed after a meeting with the club’s management upon the conclusion of last season.
Since then, the transfer policy has changed to mostly focus on signing more experienced winners like Aleksandar Kolarov and longtime target Arturo Vidal.
The Nerazzurri are still working on many transfer market objectives ahead of the window’s closure on the 5th October, such as selling unneeded players like Joao Mario, Radja Nainggolan, Ivan Perisic and Kwadwo Asamoah, just to name a few, according to several reports in Italy.
Young players like Sebastiano Esposito and Lorenzo Pirola will be loaned out.