A report in the Italian press reveals that Inter Milan players were twice as active as their Juventus counterparts during the international break.
This Sunday, the Bianconeri will host Simone Inzaghi’s men at the Allianz Stadium for a much-anticipated showdown.
While the Derby d’Italia hardly needs an introduction, the Serie A standings make it an even more compelling encounter.
The Nerazzurri are currently on top of the table with 31 points from 12 rounds. The Old Lady is only two points behind in second place.
This clash also ensues right after the conclusion of the last international break of the year.
But while both clubs had to dispatch their main hosts during the break, the stats suggest that Inter might have taken the larger damage.
According to Il Corriere dello Sport via FcInterNews, the Nerazzurri players featured for a combined 1841 minutes during the international break.
On the other hand, Juventus stars only played an aggregate of 928 minutes.
This means that the Inter players played twice as much as their arch-rivals during the break. We shall see whether this figure will take its toll on Inzaghi’s men this weekend.
Inter Milan Stars Played Twice As Much As Juventus Players During The International Break
The Beneamata also lost the services of Alessandro Bastoni. While he didn’t feature for Italy, the defender sustained an injury during his stay with the national team.
Moreover, Hakan Calhanoglu returned early due to flu symptoms.
The source notes that Inzaghi will be hoping to regain the services of Juan Cuadrado who has been dealing with Achilles tendon inflammation for the past two months.
The Colombian’s return would come in handy since Denzel Dumfries could be tired after featuring for the Netherlands on Tuesday.