Preparing for the Derby d'Italia

Once upon a time the Derby d'Italia was between two of Italy's greatest and strongest clubs. Now it's merely a match pitting superiority vs mediocrity.

Inter are not where they ought to be for a club their size and yet despite their woes, they will be determined to spring a surprise against their most hated of rivals.

The animosity between the two sides is well documented and the pinnacle of hatred was reached when one of Juve's stripped titles -- on account of the role they played in the Calciopoli scandal -- was awarded to Inter in 2006. Demoted and humiliated, the Old Lady strove to earn back her reputation as she watched Inter escape from the wreckage unscathed. Inter felt they deserved the title for their honesty, for remaining clean in the dirty and dishonest world of Italian football.

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