Three key battles to watch in Juventus-Inter

While Matchday 13 of Serie A is packed with the best matchups, the Derby d’Italia remains the most captivating event on the peninsula for sporting reasons and beyond.

With both clubs lurking outside the top four, neither Juventus nor Inter can afford a misstep. The two giants started their campaign off on the wrong foot, but have recently started winning sprees.

Thus, the delicate state of the two clubs adds another important layer to an already exciting affair.

As usual, these kinds of meetings set the stage for an interesting tactical battle between the two trainers. With Max Allegri likely mirroring Simone Inzaghi’s 3-5-2 formation, the personal duels are sure to be fascinating to watch.

So let’s take a look at three key battles between the players that will play a major role in deciding the outcome of the match.

Gleison Bremer vs Lautaro Martinez

While not yet confirmed, Gleison Bremer is expected by many to return to the pitch following an injury sustained against his former club Torino.

However, this will surely be a significantly more complicated “Derby” than the previous one, since the Brazilian could be in charge of nullifying the threat of one of the best strikers on the continent in Lautaro Martínez.

In his day, the 25-year-old has the stamina and pace to match any striker, but it remains to be seen if he will regain his full strength in time to stop the Argentine star.

Juan Cuadrado vs Federico Dimarco

This should be an interesting battle between two full-backs who have a lot in common. On the one hand, they both trot up and down the flank to cover the rear while offering a valuable upfront contribution.

However, one of them is a promising player looking to establish himself as one of the best in his position, while the other is fighting against time.

But sometimes the old warrior roars and is victorious. So let’s hope that Juan Cuadrado can consolidate his position as Inter’s official bogeyman.

Adrien Rabiot vs Nicolo Barella

The midfield will be full of interesting duels, but watch out for this one in particular.

This will be a battle between two players who are enjoying a positive moment and have enough energy to run for days.

The result of this duel will have great importance throughout the match, and could tip the balance in favor of one team over the other.

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