The fixture list could play a huge role in the title race between Inter Milan and Juventus in Serie A over the coming weeks.
This is highlighted in today’s print edition of Milan-based newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, via FCInterNews.
This evening, Inter face Monza in Serie A.
The Nerazzurri will feel that anything less than three points against the Brianzoli would be a failure. That is because, three days later, Juventus will get a chance to respond.
The Bianconeri host Sassuolo on Tuesday.
If Inter beat Monza, then they will go temporarily five points clear at the top of the table. Juventus would need to beat the Neroverdi to bring that gap back to two points.
But the Bianconeri could either go joint top or overtake Inter by beating Sassuolo if the Nerazzurri draw or lose this evening.
Fixture List A Big Factor In Inter Vs Juventus Serie A Title Race
Inter’s next match will not be in Serie A.
The Nerazzurri travel to Saudi Arabia to play in the Supercoppa Italiana next week. They will face Lazio in the semifinal. And then potentially either Napoli or Fiorentina in the final.
That means that Inter’s Serie A clash with Atalanta is postponed.
Then the Nerazzurri will come up against Fiorentina in another tough away match.
After that, it’s the big one.
At the start of February, Inter host Juventus in a Derby d’Italia match that could well prove to be decisive for the Serie A title race.
And even if Inter win both of their Serie A matches before then, they could still face the prospect of beginning the match behind Juventus in the table. At least provisionally.
The Bianconeri will face Lecce and Empoli after they play Sassuolo. If they take maximum points then they’ll be guaranteed to go into the Derby d’Italia at least one point ahead of Inter.
The Nerazzurri would, in any event, have a game in hand on Juventus.
But the derailment of Inter’s title pursuit in Bologna two years ago serves as evidence that that won’t mean any guarantee of restoring a hypothetical advantage.
And things don’t get much easier for Inter after the Derby d’Italia.
The Nerazzurri travel to the capital to face Roma the following weekend.
And then comes the first leg of a distracting, physically and mentally draining Champions League round of sixteen tie against Atletico Madrid.
But in March, the pendulum will swing somewhat.
The Bianconeri will have league matches against all of Napoli, Atalanta, Lazio, and Fiorentina in the space of four weeks. Not to mention a two-legged Coppa Italia semifinal tie against the Biancocelesti.