Coined the ‘Derby d’Italia’ by celebrated journalist Gianni Brera in 1967 because of the achievements of Inter Milan and
Juventus, no rivalry evokes as much passion, revulsion or military vocabulary.
Before Sunday’s game, only one point separated the sides in Serie A. The stench of hatred had significantly contaminated the air and past controversies were rehashed and relived, provoking an overwhelming amount of tension.
Both coaches – Simeone Inzaghi and Massimiliano Allegri – attempted to placate a public hungry for provocative words by insisting that, while this game was important, it would not be decisive for the title race. Frankly, that was hard to believe.
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They boasting a four-point gap at the top of the table with a game in hand. It is becoming harder and harder to believe in a genuine title challenge from elsewhere.