Busy Inter Milan has another chance to beat Juventus
MILAN: It's early in Inter de Milan the search for the perennial A series Hare Juventus , but the hunters are already worried about the signage.
Inter host Bologna on Saturday in the 11th round and can briefly overhaul Juventus ahead of the Turin derby later in the day.
Atalanta, thirdly, faces Cagliari fit Sunday. Rome, fourth, opens the weekend against Napoli.
The top two flip-flopped in midweek. Inter won 2-1 at Brescia on Tuesday. Juventus, playing with 10 men, regained a one-point lead when Cristiano Ronaldo converted to 90th-minute penalty at home to Genoa on Wednesday.
After the victory at Brescia, Inter manager Antonio Conte, always of the half-empty glass type, complained that his team was being asked to do too much.
It is difficult to talk about the game because we have now played our fourth game in nine days with the same players, he said.
Now we have to recover because we are only halfway there, I have not seen any other team have to play seven games in 20 days. The next day is Bologna on Saturday and then we have a Tuesday game for Dortmund.
According to reports, Conte had meetings with Inter management this week to discuss the addition of one or two midfielders in the winter transfer period.
We are pushing the engine to the maximum, he said.
Most of his players had understood the message.
We are playing every three days and it is not easy. There is a slight fatigue, said Argentine forward Lautaro Martínez, who scored Inter's first goal on Tuesday, his fifth of the season.
There was a dissenting voice.
It's good to play every few days, said Dutch defender Matthijs de Ligt. The soccer players live to play. It is tiring but we are happy.
Bologna is anchored in the middle of the table after losing 3-2 to Cagliari on Wednesday, but defender Stefano Denswil promised Inter a difficult game.
We want to play a great game against Inter against our fans, said the Dutchman.
Meanwhile Juventus' s weekend opponents are in some disarray. Walter Mazzarri, the Torino manager, received the dreaded vote of confidence ahead of the Turin derby.
Torino lost 4-0 in Lazio on Wednesday, although all goals came after defender Nicolas Nkoulou received a second yellow card after 21 minutes.
The president of Turin, Urban Cairo, was not happy.
We have a derby ahead, but above all a long championship ahead: I think it is right today to examine everyone's conscience.
He added that he had confidence in Mazzarri.
I confirm my faith in Mazzarri, said Cairo. It is not under examination.
The last thing that the former coach of Napoli, Inter and Watford needs is Torino's usual defeat in the Derby della Mole.
Torino have only beaten Juventus once in 28 league meetings since 1995. In that time, Juve, despite being briefly relegated, have won 12 Scudetti and a European title. Torino have won a second division title.
12: Ciro Immobile of Lazio has scored 12 goals, four of them penalties, in the first 10 games. The last player to start so fast? Still, when it reached 12 out of 10 in 2017-18.
513: On Tuesday, goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon tied with Alessandro del Piero for most Juventus appearances. If he plays on Saturday he will be alone on 514.
13: Inter have scored in their first 13 games with Conte. No other Inter coach has succeeded.