Last weekend was a treat to every football fan in the world, especially those who adore the Top Five leagues in European club football. In addition to the 251st Derby d’Italia between Inter Milan and Juventus at San Siro, Italy, the El Derbi Madrileño matchup between Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid and the English Premier League encounter between Arsenal and Liverpool were also played at Santiago Bernabéu, Spain, and Emirates, England respectively. For the 251st Derby d’Italia, Inter Milan were able to make full use of their home advantage and overcome their archrivals Juventus by the margin of 1-0 yesterday.
Inter Gained Their 77th Win Over Juventus in the 251st Meeting of the Derby d’Italia
Last night’s Derby d’Italia at San Siro was the 251st matchup between two of the most successful teams in the history of the Italian top-flight football, and leading in wins in the all-time head-to-head record were Juventus at 112 victories against Inter Milan’s 76, with the other 62 games amongst the two ending in draws. To give more stakes to the 251st Derby d’Italia, a win for Inter Milan would extend their lead at the top of the Serie A table to 4 points while 3 points to the Old Lady will see them leapfrogging Nerazzurri as the best team in Italian club football at the moment.
There was only a goal observed in the 251st Derby d’Italia, that is, an own goal scored by Federico Gatti in the 37th minute. Nicolò Barella delivered a cross into the penalty box from the left flank, and it was missed by Benjamin Pavard off an acrobatic effort, leaving the 25-year-old Rivoli-born Italian centre-back Gatti unable to get out of the way; He was forced to put the ball into the back of his own net for the only goal of the game, allowing Inter Milan to win the match and extend their lead to 4 points at the summit of the Serie A table with the Derby d’Italia triumph.
Inzaghi After Inter’s Derby d’Italia Victory: “It Was a Fair Result.”
Inzaghi surely was a happy man during the post-match conference of the 251st Derby d’Italia. He said: “It was a fair result based on how we played and took to the pitch. We’re happy, but there is still a long way to go,” he continued. “Milan and Juventus will not give up an inch. It was a beautiful evening in front of our fans, who pushed us all the way. But there’s still a long way to go. These guys have done well over the last seven months. But we have to keep going, this is just one step for us.”
The Italian went on to note: “In the warmups, Frattesi wasn’t feeling quite at his best. So I had [Klaassen] as well as Sensi, and then Asllani. But he hasn’t played as a mezzala for quite some time. But we know that there are still four intense months to go, and we have to keep going the way we have been. We’ve won eighteen matches out of 22 in Serie A. But we’re still only four points ahead of Juventus. And Milan are still there behind us.”
Inzaghi offered his thoughts on what are in store for his Inter Milan side after their Derby d’Italia 3 points. “The other teams are keeping a very good pace. Last season Napoli were already much further ahead. And as far as the prospect of continuing this momentum in the Champions League. That’s our goal. We know that now the Champions League starts up again soon. This season we’ll once again throw everything we have to trying to give it a go again. Bearing in mind that we face a very strong team in the round of sixteen,” said the 47-year-old.
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