Juventus dropping points against Empoli could take some of the pressure off of Inter Milan against Fiorentina this evening.
This is highlighted in today’s print edition of Milan-based newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, via FCInterNews.
Inter faced a potentially perilous situation heading into this weekend’s round of Serie A fixtures.
The Nerazzurri were a point behind title rivals Juventus at the start of the weekend. Albeit, having a game in hand on the Bianconeri.
And with Juventus playing a day earlier than then, Inter faced the prospect of beginning this evening’s match against Fiorentina four points adrift.
Of course, the game in hand would mean that Inter could have the chance to cut that deficit to one point.
But psychologically, things could certainly become difficult for the Nerazzurri.
Any failure to beat Fiorentina would have then meant that Inter would be heading into next Sunday’s showdown with Juventus with a real gap to make up.
Juventus Slip-Up Vs Empoli Takes Pressure Of Inter Shoulders Vs Fiorentina
But Juventus surprisingly slipped up in Turin yesterday.
The Bianconeri were only able to take a point from their match against Empoli at home, with an early sending-off for striker Arkadiusz Milik playing a significant role.
That means that, at the moment, Inter are two points back. With a game in hand.
Even a draw at the Stadio Artemio Franchi would keep Inter one points away from their biggest title rivals.
A win would mean that Inter would go into next weekend a point clear, with a game in hand.
And that would be with both next weekend’s head-to-head clash, and the game in hand.
That suddenly opens up all sorts of more optimistic scenarios for Inter.
Of course, the Nerazzurri will not be “counting their chickens before they hatch.”
But a result in a tough away match in Tuscany this evening would give Inter the chance to really build momentum in the title race.
Meanwhile, a defeat at the Franchi would hardly derail the momentum the way it would have had Juventus taken three more points yesterday.