With two fierce rivals, two different ideologies and a trigger-happy referee keen on highlighting the aggression on the pitch, Serie A fans were treated to a special evening on Sunday. Inter were held to a goalless draw by an ever-improving Juventus side in the Derby d'Italia.
In an atmosphere filled with passionate hate, the Bianconeri arrived on the pitch knowing a defeat could well ruin the dream of a fifth consecutiveScudetto. With Massimiliano Allegri's first-choice midfield trio taking their place in the side, he hoped his men would take control of the game and recover the confidence that led to so much success in recent years.
On paper, Juve looked well equipped to cause trouble but Roberto Mancini had clearly taken note of the pain Fiorentina inflicted with their passing fluidity and quick feet and opted to prioritise defensive coverage.
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