By Filippi Inzagha Italia football is a game of inches and inches can be made in the blink of an eye.
With the Champions League on the line, the Italian champions have no reason to fear.
The home team have won seven in a row and, while they have lost seven in seven, they have only lost once in the league, against Inter Milan, so they have a long way to go.
They will be looking for a win and a result on Wednesday night.
The Italian side are unbeaten in Serie A this season, beating rivals Roma 3-0 on Saturday, before a 2-1 win at Sampdoria on Saturday.
They have not lost to a top-flight opponent since April 27 and are unbeaten against Serie A leaders Roma in eight games.
It is only the second time in the last decade that Milan have not been beaten by an Inter Milan side, and it has been seven months since the Italian side were beaten 4-0 by the Nerazzurri at the San Siro.
It has been a tough start to the season, with Juventus winning just three of their first 10 games, including all three at home.
It will be a tough task to replicate that performance in Turin on Wednesday.
“We know that we have to take this match seriously and we know that Inter will come to us with more intensity,” Juventus manager Filippio Inzaghe said.
“But we also know that the next game is important because it’s important for the whole of Italy.
Inzagho has scored 11 goals in 14 appearances this season and has notched nine assists. “
I am more than ready to play,” the Italian striker added.
Inzagho has scored 11 goals in 14 appearances this season and has notched nine assists.
The 29-year-old has not scored since the last league match in mid-March, when he was substituted in the second half against Palermo.
In his absence, the Italy international has been handed the captain’s armband and given the task of running the show in the attack.
“It’s not the first time in my career that I’ve felt like I have to do something special,” the striker said.
In the second leg, Inter will be without a top scorer, as Leonardo Bonucci is suspended for the second game in succession after the midfielder was sent off in the third minute of the 2-0 win at Roma.
Bonucci, who has been in and out of the team for the past four games with an ankle injury, was taken off in stoppage time at the Stadio San Paolo with 10 minutes remaining, but he has not been replaced since.
He has been linked with a return to the starting XI.
Juve have the better of the opening exchanges, with a header from Zdenek Zeman’s corner and then a low cross from Ciro Immobile that is converted by Immobile.
“The first goal was fantastic,” Milan coach Marco Schuller said.
Milan were not as aggressive in the opening stages and the visitors made a few changes.
Boni and Alessandro Florenzi were replaced by Alessandro Nesta and Andrea Ranocchia, while the Italian midfielder, Sergio Marchisio, was brought on.
In that role, Marchisia had the first chance when he crossed for Stefano Sturaro, but the striker fired wide of the target.
“This game is the difference between the two sides,” Schullers said.
Marchisian had another chance in the 55th minute, but his shot was blocked by goalkeeper Guido Pizzi.
“For me, this is a big moment for the Italian national team,” the former Italy international said.