Calcio is back, ladies and gentlemen. And what better way to kick off the weekend than with the Derby d'Italia? Sounds like a pretty good plan to me. Well, if Juventus play like the Juventus we've seen before the international break, that is.
But this is what we know about the latest edition of the always competitive derby: It's good vs. evil. Black and white vs. black and blue. It's a rivalry with the upmost of intensity. It's just one of those games that, no matter where on the schedule it may take place, you circle.
Why? Because it's Juventus vs. Inter, dammit. Isn't that enough of a reason right there?
Sure, it's only the third game of the season, but both teams enter undefeated. Both of them are clearly confident. Inter is coming off a convincing 3-0 win over Catania, Juventus is coming off a convincing 4-1 win over Lazio. Juventus are just doing what everybody expected them to do, Inter are surprising some.
No matter what, Juventus are headed to the San Siro — a place where they've won both times in Antonio Conte's tenure as manager — to try and make it a trifecta to begin the season and get the momentum going again coming out of the international break. (By the way, have I ever mentioned that international breaks are stupid? I can't remember.)
The only thing left is to see who budges first. I think I know who people around these parts want it to be.
asked my Magic 8 Ball about the chances of Carlos Tevez getting the start against Inter and the answer was "without a doubt." So I'm going to trust you, Magic 8 Ball. You never let me down.
UPDATE: LINEUPS ARE IN!
Juventus XI (3-5-2): Buffon; Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini; Lichtsteiner, Vidal, Pirlo, Pogba, Asamoah; Tevez, Vucinic
Inter XI (3-5-1-1): Handanovic; Campagnaro, Ranocchia, Juan Jesus; Jonathan, Guarin, Cambiasso, Taider, Nagatomo; Alvarez, Palacio