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Inter, too many faces and the (much) memory loss. Allegri’s rule… Is it a trick?

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Inter has too many faces to afford dreams of authentic glory. Cautious, almost furious against Napoli, distracted yesterday in Monza despite Inzaghi having only changed one man compared to Wednesday (Lautaro for Lukaku). Inter produces, but gets against a lot, sometimes too much. Takes charge, but then has frequent amnesia. He does not go on with the certainty of those who live on certainties. Or maybe his problem is that he’s deceiving himself that he has certainties that he doesn’t. In Monza he could and should have closed the case earlier, he didn’t and gave hope and courage to his opponents, far from being hermetically defensive. Inter or their coach didn’t understand that giving confidence (to anyone) is dangerous, and they paid for it by dropping two points that will weigh heavily on their season. Aside from the referee’s error on Acerbi’s goal, the (deserved) draw, with Caldirola clear within a stone’s throw of Onana, probably closes the Scudetto speech definitively.

Juve’s eight wins in a row are not that impressive (which are worth the provisional second place), it is rather impressive that Juve have not conceded a single goal in these eight games. These are by no means trivial figures, and they are even less if you consider that Juve still has the margins to grow: they are called Chiesa (decisive even in the middle of the service, his entry yesterday was the difference), Vlahovic (who or late will solve his problems), a certain Pogba. In short, without paying too much attention to absences, Allegri has built something very difficult for his opponents. And when we can discuss aesthetics, we usually don’t talk about effectiveness. It will also be inelegant to always have ten players behind the line of the ball when it is between the opponent’s feet, but it works.

Also because sooner or later the goal will come. Yesterday at minute 41 of the second half, and that’s nothing new: nobody scores as much as Juve in the second half of matches. More merits than the bianconeri or more mistakes than Udinese? Eight games is too many to claim that the Filotto is the result of circumstances. Anyway, if Allegri’s favorite “pattern” – the short snout – is just a trick, it will be discovered next Friday, at the Maradona stadium, against Napoli. Another turning point where Juve arrives with great confidence. Although, unlike the first
of the class, it has only one result
of the two available if the goal is not, as Allegri has been claiming for months, a simple top four spot.

Source: Corriere

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