Was a Juventus fade-out from the Serie A title race against Inter Milan inevitable based on the two teams’ playing styles?
Today’s print edition of Milan-based newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, via FCInterNews, argue that the Bianconeri’s loss against Udinese was a result that was bound to happen sooner or later.
First of all, it should be said that Inter are far from Serie A champions yet.
There are several months to go in the season. And no shortage of perilous matches for the Nerazzurri.
But seven points clear with a game in hand feels like a very substantial gap.
And it is the result of one of the biggest slip-ups yet from Juventus.
The Turin giants have now taken just one point from their last three matches – Inter, on the other hand, have taken nine.
For Juventus, a draw with Empoli and a loss to Udinese at home bookend a defeat against Inter at the San Siro in the Derby d’Italia.
Juventus Fade-Out In Serie A Title Race Inevitable?
When the gap between Inter and Juventus at the top was just a point, the dynamic seemed clear.
The title race would come down to which team blinked first.
A slip-up by either the Nerazzurri or the Bianconeri could be enough to decisively hand their rivals’ the momentum.
And as long as both Inter and Juventus kept up their outstanding form and consistency that would be the case.
But the way in which the two teams have been obtaining their results this season has been notably different.
For the Nerazzurri, there has been a real sense of dominance to how they play.
Inter have scored the most goals and conceded the fewest in Serie A this season so far. They have a whopping +41 goal difference.
On the other hand, Juventus have relied on tighter margins to get results week after week.
The Bianconeri have been an outstanding defensive team. And they have shown a real knack for grabbing decisive goals in whatever way that they can.
But this is not necessarily as sustainable a manner of getting results week after week as Inter’s approach.
The Nerazzurri showed yet again their consistency in any circumstances with a convincing comeback win away to Roma.
On the other hand, Juventus suffered the kind of result that’s perhaps been threatening them all season against Udinese.