After another narrow victory against Atletico Madrid in mid-week, Juve continued to remain the only unbeaten side in Europe’s top five leagues. It is an impressive feat considering how many top teams they have faced domestically and in continental competition as well. Inter, however, are not too far behind.
The Nerazzurri have only lost three times this season (all competitions) and are one point behind Juventus in second place.
They have only lost one game in the Serie A this season and that solitary loss came at the hands of the Bianconeri back in October at the San Siro. The other losses came at the hands of Barcelona and Borussia Dortmund in games where they were defiant and for the most part, didn’t deserve to lose.
It was only by defeating Antonio Conte’s team did Juventus climb to the top of Serie A. Neither side has let up ever since.
With the desire and staying power Juventus have, the run they are on makes it harder for them to be beaten with the way they continue to get wins and it is not unthinkable to assume that they could go the whole season unbeaten.
Which brings us to Inter. Antonio Conte’s men have shown this campaign that they are worthy title challengers and will continue to push Juventus to the limit. The seven-point gap between both teams and third place Lazio makes it all but a two-horse race for the title already this season.
Inter would be naive to wait for Juventus to lose or drop points before capitalizing and overtaking them which will make March the 1st 2020 potentially the biggest day of their Serie A season.
The Nerazzurri need to imagine that Juve will win all their games up until that will be their opportunity to claim a rare victory in Turin in what could be the ultimate title decider.
For Inter, they must maintain a good form of their own to stay neck to neck with Sarri’s men. A big part of those hopes rest on the shoulders of duo Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez.
As per Whoscored, Inter have scored a total of 38 goals with Lukaku (Transfermarkt) and Martinez (Transfermarkt) amounting for 22 out of those 38. Meaning 57.8% of the team’s goals come from the pair alone and a lot could go wrong If either of them goes out for a long period due to injury.
Nothing may be able to stop Juventus up until that point and Maurizio Sarri’s team will also have that day on their calendars and see it as the match where they can create the gap and essentially see off their challengers and the title.
Before then Juve still have to face Lazio twice, Roma and Napoli (Skysports), while Inter will face Inter Milan, Roma, Lazio, Napoli and Atalanta among others before the big showdown
It is still a long time to go and by then the plot, might not be as thick because no one knows what will happen before March next year but one can not rule out such a situation where both teams continue to match one another stride for stride until that fixture (if it ends in a draw) and beyond.