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Allegri: Juve-Inter is not decisive for the Scudetto

Coach’s comments ahead of big Derby D’Italia clash on Sunday

SOCCER: OCT 20 Champions League - FC Juventus at FC Zenit Photo by Anatoliy Medved/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Juventus take on Inter Milan on Sunday in the highlight game of the week. The Derby D’Italia almost always provides fireworks, and though the faces leading the rivals have changed since last season, the animosity between the two sides and their fans has only continued to rage, especially since the Nerazzuri finally ended the Bianconeri’s run of nine consecutive Scudetti.

Speaking ahead of the game, coach Massimiliano Allegri previewed the clash -

“We’ll see tomorrow night, everything depends on the game we play. It will be a beautiful evening, especially because there will be around 60,000 spectators and so many expectations from everyone.

“It will be a good match between two great teams. Inter are still the favourite to win the Scudetto, in my opinion. It’s an important test against a strong team. Given the table, they can’t kill us. It’s not a decisive game, it’s a nice evening to experience.

“Then we arrive at the break in November and see how much we have chewed, and we evaluate the next step. The seasons are decided in the last three months, but you have to be there.”

Inter are just three points ahead of Juve despite a nightmare start to the season for Allegri’s men, but the coach does not believe that the Scudetto will be settled by this clash especially since both Napoli and AC Milan remain miles ahead of this pair.

“In my opinion, no. It would allow us to extend the streak of results. In terms of the table, the one against Roma was much more decisive.

“We cannot think that we will win or lose the championship in one match.”

Icon Paulo Dybala is fit again and in the squad for this weekend.

“He will be available, he’s fine and had two training sessions with the team. We are almost complete in terms of availability.

“It’s important, because I need everyone, like in Russia, there those who entered were decisive.”

Allegri also provided a squad update, saying he hadn’t made up his mind on the lineup yet.

“I have yet to decide the formation. I might not even decide today, I will do it tomorrow morning.

“Federico Chiesa played a good game the other day, Giorgio Chiellini is ready to play, Leonardo Bonucci, Matthijs de Ligt and Daniele Rugani are doing well.

“When De Ligt is ready to play at the right in a back-three, we can play with three defenders too. For now, they play in two.”

The Juventus coach, who has previously been in charge of Milan, was asked if he’d ever considered joining Inter after leaving the Bianconeri.

“In two years, a lot of water has passed under the bridges. They put me close to one and then another. I’m happy to be at Juve.”

Allegri has gotten two midfielders back in recent days with Adrien Rabiot and Arthur both available for this weekend.

“I see Rabiot today, you have to see how he came out of this situation. Without training, it’s difficult.

“[Arthur] He has grown a lot. He raises the quality of the team and the passage. He hasn’t played a game for many months, slowly he has become one of the starters.”