With all the uncertainty surrounding the club and the usual media negativity that surrounds the Derby d’Italia, many older Interisti were preparing for the emotional blow that comes at the end of every Juventus match since 2016.
However this time around, Conte’s soldiers played an almost perfect game and looked much more superior as a unit. Pirlo’s men started brightly but Inter created the better chances and deserved their 12th minute lead through ex-Juve player Vidal.
Nicolo Barella and Brozovic weren’t far behind as they were absolutely bossing the midfield and having their way with the accurate passing and beautiful touches.
The first half produced a lot of chances and Inter were unlucky to not go in 2 or even 3 goals up. The second half continued in the same vein. A peach of a long diagonal pass from Bastoni was brought down by Barella and smashed into the roof of the net.
The Juventus subs came and everyone expected a Juventus charge. The charge came and went and it needed a world class save by Samir at the end to keep the clean sheet and to win the first Derby d’Italia in 5 years.
Samir Handanovic – 6.5: Looked unsure and slow whenever he had the ball especially in the first half, but when that Chiesa shot came right at the end he was there. Superb.
Milan Skriniar – 7.5: Did the basics right, guilty of playing it too smart sometimes with shorter passing in the first half. No other major mistakes as he kept Cristiano quiet.
Stefan De Vrij – 7.5: As Stefan always does when he is at his best, silently led the back line against a few dangerous forwards and managed to move the ball very well.
Alessandro Bastoni – 8.5: Played a fantastic game and many could argue it was perfect. Controlled his flank defensively, timed his runs well. What a fantastic assist to Barella.
Achraf Hakimi – 6.5: Achraf looked like he was always second guessing his final ball. Did very well defensively but the final pass was almost always poorly hit or mistimed.
Nicolo Barella – 9: There is nothing more to say about Barella. If he starts scoring goals regularly he will surely be the most complete midfielder on the planet right now.
Marcelo Brozovic – 8.5: The right Marcelo turned up especially in the first half. Positioning was good, ran a lot of hard yards and fought for every single ball. Bossed it tonight.
Arturo Vidal – 8: Conte would argue the first half is exactly what Vidal was brought to Inter for. The ref penalised him due to his reputation, gave it his all. Great goal.
Ashley Young – 6.5: Ashley is usually timid in attack and that is what he was tonight. Didn’t let Chiesa run or attack spaces dangerously in the first half. Stupid booking.
Romelu Lukaku – 6.5: Whenever Inter did get Lukaku on the ball in space, he made the Juve defence shiver. Chiellini is an imposing figure but couldn’t do much to stop him.
Lautaro Martinez – 6: Lautaro should have scored that chance to put Inter 2 goals up at half time. Does a lot of good work off the ball but needs to improve the finishing.
Matteo Darmian – 6.5: A lot of teams have discovered that Kulusevski is not an easy player to mark. Made it look like he knew exactly what the Swede was going to do.
Roberto Gagliardini – N/A: Brought on for a tiring and maybe injured Vidal. Had one bad moment of positioning but the game was over and in the pockets of Barella and Brozo.
Alexis Sanchez – N/A: Just like Gagliardini was brought on to replace a tired Lautaro who barely had energy left to walk off the pitch. Looked like his confident self tonight.
Antonio Conte – 7.5: The 3-5-2 Conteball system was on show in its best form. Juve tried a lot of different ways to attack but the midfield and defence was bulletproof.
Daniele Doveri – 5.5: It’s the usual Italian league ref, gives soft fouls to one team and doesn’t keep the consistency. No major decisions to make and no major mistakes.
Inter – 10: The win is worth more than 3 points.The fact that it came at this time of the season, with the uncertainty around the club, says a lot about the group.