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Football / Serie A: Juventus Bubbling Ahead Of Inter Clash

Posted on: November 22, 2008

Juventus forward Amauri Carvalho is confident his team can beat Inter.

ROME: Juventus are brimming with confidence ahead of this weekend’s crunch clash against champions Inter Milan.

Juve are only three points behind Jose Mourinho’s leaders in third place and come into the match off the back of seven successive victories in all competitions.

Their last was one of their most impressive with a 4-1 defeat of Genoa who had previously come away from the San Siro with a 0-0 draw against Inter.

Not only that but they beat Real Madrid home and away in the Champions League during that run and there is a palpable feeling around Turin that the glory days could be on their way back.

Juve’s Brazilian forward Amauri is convinced his team can more than match Inter.
“If we take to the pitch with the same mentality as in the last seven games we will do well,” he said.

“At this time of year a result cannot be decisive but nevertheless it’s a crucial match: the winners could go top of the league.

“Juve are in great form while Inter won well against Palermo. They will be at home and will have that little lift.

“But looking back at our last seven matches, at the two victories over Real, that too can give us a boost. Juve are playing better at the moment.”

Claudio Ranieri’s side did not start the season well, winning only two of their first seven Serie A matches.

But five scudetto successes on the bounce has launched them up the table and only Milan rivals Inter and AC sit above them.

What makes this game particularly special is that it is known as the derby of Italy between arguably the country’s two biggest clubs, even if Milan have won more European titles than the two of them put together.

Even Inter president Massimo Moratti is getting excited about this match, after which Juventus could return to the top of Serie A for the first time since being stripped of the 2006 title, and relegated, for match-fixing.

“The tension is always there for this type of ‘classic’ match which is eagerly anticipated by both players and fans,” he said.

Should that match finish goalless, Milan could return to the top of the table with victory at Torino.

They have not lost since the second Serie A match of the season but their recent victories have all been narrow.

TODAY: Fiorentina v Udinese, Inter Milan v Juventus; TOMORROW: Bologna v Palermo, Chievo v Siena, Lazio v Genoa, Lecce v AS Roma, Napoli v Cagliari, Reggina v Atalanta, Sampdoria v Catania, Torino v AC Milan. — AFP

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Football / Serie A: Juventus Bubbling Ahead Of Inter Clash

Posted on: November 22, 2008

Juventus forward Amauri Carvalho is confident his team can beat Inter.

ROME: Juventus are brimming with confidence ahead of this weekend’s crunch clash against champions Inter Milan.

Juve are only three points behind Jose Mourinho’s leaders in third place and come into the match off the back of seven successive victories in all competitions.

Their last was one of their most impressive with a 4-1 defeat of Genoa who had previously come away from the San Siro with a 0-0 draw against Inter.

Not only that but they beat Real Madrid home and away in the Champions League during that run and there is a palpable feeling around Turin that the glory days could be on their way back.

Juve’s Brazilian forward Amauri is convinced his team can more than match Inter.
“If we take to the pitch with the same mentality as in the last seven games we will do well,” he said.

“At this time of year a result cannot be decisive but nevertheless it’s a crucial match: the winners could go top of the league.

“Juve are in great form while Inter won well against Palermo. They will be at home and will have that little lift.

“But looking back at our last seven matches, at the two victories over Real, that too can give us a boost. Juve are playing better at the moment.”

Claudio Ranieri’s side did not start the season well, winning only two of their first seven Serie A matches.

But five scudetto successes on the bounce has launched them up the table and only Milan rivals Inter and AC sit above them.

What makes this game particularly special is that it is known as the derby of Italy between arguably the country’s two biggest clubs, even if Milan have won more European titles than the two of them put together.

Even Inter president Massimo Moratti is getting excited about this match, after which Juventus could return to the top of Serie A for the first time since being stripped of the 2006 title, and relegated, for match-fixing.

“The tension is always there for this type of ‘classic’ match which is eagerly anticipated by both players and fans,” he said.

Should that match finish goalless, Milan could return to the top of the table with victory at Torino.

They have not lost since the second Serie A match of the season but their recent victories have all been narrow.

TODAY: Fiorentina v Udinese, Inter Milan v Juventus; TOMORROW: Bologna v Palermo, Chievo v Siena, Lazio v Genoa, Lecce v AS Roma, Napoli v Cagliari, Reggina v Atalanta, Sampdoria v Catania, Torino v AC Milan. — AFP

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