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Tactical and technical domination, how Juventus overran Inter
Conte's side was simply better than Mazzarri's one in every aspect of the game. The Nerazzurri still have to work hard even to loom their rivals' level
by Alessio Manes
Juventus stretched their lead at the head of Serie A as they beat Inter 3-1 after second-placed Roma's fixture was abandoned due to bad weather conditions. After Antonio Conte's side saw their 12th game winning streak end with a draw at Lazio last week, the champions returned to winning ways against the nerazzurri.


There is not much to say about the game’s motivation. It was of course the Derby d’Italia but this time the two teams have never been so distant one from the other. Stephan Lichtsteiner headed in Andrea Pirlo's lofted pass 15 minutes into the game, putting the hosts ahead, while Giorgio Chiellini scored two minutes after the restart to double the advantage. Arturo Vidal drove in from close range after Paul Pogba's shot was saved by Samir Handanovič to secure three points, despite Rolando's 71st-minute consolation. With a final 3-1 that annihilated Inter.


The game is immediately fast with Juve pushing his three midfielders up inside Inter’s zone. In the last important matches against Napoli and Roma, Antonio Conte decided to close every possible counter-attack coming from the opposite side but this time the match was prepared with a high ball possession of 62.7% and pressing in the first 10 minutes where Carlitos Tevez had a double opportunity but Samir Handanovic was brave enough to close his goal.


However, one of Juve’s 112 successful passes gave Stephan Lichtsteiner the chance to open the score box in the first half with a flying header into the far corner thanks to an amazing long pass by Andrea Pirlo. Soon after that, Inter missed a glorious chance to draw before the break when Rodrigo Palacio fired over the crossbar following a swift counter-attack after Leonardo Bonucci’s missed pass.


The second half begins just like the first half ended. Antonio Conte's charges gave no breathing space, and just two minutes into the second half the impressive Paul Pogba headed towards the goal, while Chiellini capitalized on some hesitant defending to fire home with his right foot from close range. Inter was caught napping, again. The goal that closed the game was just about minutes away. Palacio's frustration continued when he shot over the bar and he was again made to pay when more dreadful defending resulted in Vidal finishing with his left foot after the busy Samir Handanovic was able to stop a shot from Paul Pogba.


That was the end of the game until Rolando's 71st-minute consolation from a corner in the middle of a fray. The match is once again won by Juve in the midfield thanks to outstanding ball recoveries and successful clearances. Antonio Conte’s team stretches its lead in Serie A while Walter Mazzarri has still a lot of work to do.

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