Juventus enter tonight's Derby d'Italia in the same kind of situation as they did last week against Bologna. The lead atop the Serie A standings is all of one point, with Napoli set to play a couple of days later. A win means Juventus' lead coming out of Giornata 27 will be one at the very least. And if Napoli have another slip up like they did against Milan, then things could possibly been even rosier entering next weekend.
But first there's this weekend to worry about.
Max Allegri won't look ahead to, say, the second leg against Bayern Munich, so we won't look too far down the road, either. The old cliché of taking things one game at a time couldn't be any more appropriate right now — and that's exactly how Allegri is looking at things. He wants things solely focused on Inter, and then Inter, and then Atalanta and so on and so on.
As much as we may be wondering about the trip to Munich in a couple of weeks, there are other important things to take care of right now. Like, ya know, making sure Juventus enter the month of March still in first place. Or maybe even extending their one-point lead to something that's a little more comfortable.
That begins with tonight's game against Inter.
Yes, the same Inter team that Juventus beat up on in the Coppa Italia a little while ago. And the same Inter squad that is clearly struggling and has won only two out of its last six games. The form guide says points toward "Juventus win!" But can Juve bounce back after such an emotional roller coaster just a few days earlier against Bayern Munich? It sure would be nice, I must say.
And let's be honest, can Juventus really lose a Derby d'Italia on Dino Zoff's birthday? Come on, man...
Juventus XI (3-5-2): Gianluigi Buffon; Andrea Barzagli, Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini; Stephan Lichtsteiner, Sami Khedira, Hernanes, Paul Pogba, Alex Sandro; Mario Mandzukic, Paulo Dybala
Juventus bench: Neto, Rubinho, Daniele Rugani, Patrice Evra, Simone Padoin, Mario Lemina, Stefano Sturaro, Kwadwo Asamoah, Roberto Pereyra, Juan Cuadrado, Simone Zaza, Álvaro Morata
Inter Milan XI (3-5-2): Samir Handanovic; Miranda, Jeison Murillo, Juan Jesus; Danilo D'Ambrosio, Felipe Melo, Gary Medel, Geoffrey Kondogbia, Alex Telles; Maruo Icardi, Rodrigo Palacio
Inter Milan bench: Juan Pablo Carrizo, Tommaso Berni, Stevan Jovetic, Jonathan Biabiany, Davide Santon, Adem Ljajic, Eder, Assane Demoya Gnoukouri, Ivan Perisic, Yuto Nagatomo, Rey Manaj
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