That may seem a bold statement, with the halfway point of the campaign having only just passed.
But Juventus might never get a better chance to stop the frightening momentum that Simone Inzaghi’s Inter are gathering as they gallop towards the season run-in.
Massimiliano Allegri embraced the Sinner love-in last week by coming up with a mischievous tennis analogy for the Serie A title race.
“As far as age goes, I can say that we are younger like Sinner and they are like [Novak] Djokovic,” the Juventus coach said in a press conference.
“But I don’t know whether to say it, because otherwise they might take it badly,” he added. “They are touchy.”
It just so happens that Allegri’s comments came the morning after Sinner had dethroned reigning champion Djokovic in the Australian Open semi-finals. Shots fired.
Juve then took the tennis theme to a new level when they announced the name of their latest signing from Southampton the day before the January window closed: Carlos Alcaraz.
However, six-time Scudetto winner Allegri was soon made to eat his words.
Inter pounce on rare Juve stumble
The result abruptly ended a seven-match winning run in all competitions, which had included clean sheets in the previous three outings, although their unbeaten run remained intact and extended to 17 games.
Those results swung the momentum firmly back in Inter’s favour, sending them back to the top of the table ahead of Juve’s visit, and extending their own formidable Serie A unbeaten run to 15 matches.
Strangely, the last league defeat for both sides came against 15th-placed Sassuolo; for Inter on September 27 (2-1) and for Juventus four days earlier on September 23 (4-2).
Since then, both have proven impossible to defeat, and on Sunday they will be looking to their most powerful weapons to try and find a chink in the opposition armour.
Lautaro rubs shoulders with greats
The face-off between the two title contenders’ top scorers is one of the most hotly anticipated elements of the latest instalment of this historic rivalry.
Inter are dominating every metric in Serie A this season. They top the table with a mammoth +40 goal difference, boasting the deadliest attack (50 goals scored) and sturdiest defence (10 conceded) in the league.
Their haul of 54 points in the first 21 games of a season is second only to Roberto Mancini’s side of 2006-07 in the club’s history.
And captain Martinez has led the way, scoring a league-high 19 goals after quickly forming a telepathic partnership with summer signing Marcus Thuram.
Lautaro’s match-winning strike against Fiorentina saw him draw level with Mauro Icardi as Inter’s eighth-top scorer of all time on 124 goals, and he’s climbing rapidly.
Istvan Nyers, a two-time Serie A winner in the 1950s, is the next target in the Argentinian’s sights on 133 goals, but before then just two more goals will take Martinez to a Serie A century for the Nerazzurri,
While the Argentina World Cup winner enjoys the season of his life and bids for his first capocannoniere crown, Vlahovic has been on the comeback trail for Juve.
Serbia international Vlahovic struggled to replicate his Fiorentina form after arriving from Florence in January 2022, and mustered just 10 league goals in his first full season.
But he has looked a changed man in 2023-24 and currently sits second in the Serie A scoring charts with 12 goals after enjoying a rich vein of form since the start of the year.
Since the New Year bells sounded, Vlahovic has been in hotter form than anyone, Martinez included, scoring six goals to the Inter star’s five in 2024.
Only Cristiano Ronaldo (seven goals in 2020) has scored more goals in January for the Bianconeri than Vlahovic did in the month just ended, as the 24-year-old finally starts to look like the player Juve paid £66 million for two years ago.
“Dusan is very well physically, you can see that since the start of the season he has felt much better than last year, and the numbers speak for themselves,” Szczesny said.
“He’s scoring more goals, but also on a game level, he’s fighting more on high balls, you can see the results.”
When the two sides last met in November, Martinez and Vlahovic scored a goal apiece in a 1-1 draw in Turin that did little to move the dial in the title race.
This time around, there is even more at stake, and the two players are in even better form.
It might well come down to one of the two strikers to decide who really gets to claim Sinner status on a night that could be crucial in deciding the next Italian champion.
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