The super cup pits the winners of Serie A against the winners of the premier knockout competition the Coppa Italia. This year’s final was a double delight being also a Derby D’Italia with Inter facing the Old Lady Juventus. Whatever Max Allegri made this Juve side do during the Christmas break it has worked as Juventus are a competitive proposition once again. The weekend come from behind win over Roma at the Olimpico( from 3-1 down) showed that the old hunger is back. Inter are starting to flex their muscles in Serie A, have seized control of the title race although Milan are breathing heavily down their necks. Weston McKennie deservedly put Juve in front with a free header on 25 minutes. Morata the provider, he has improved his game a lot as seen against Roma. But look at De Vrij pointing to his teammate Bastoni to take care of the American in the build up. Take responsibility for marking the striker, never leave it to a teammate. They almost invariably will let you down.
Look in as far as fouls and penalty awards are concerned in the Italian game, I think the referees have hone very soft. There was a time when the foul by De Scilio on Edin Dzeko would have been waived away as a innocent coming together on a fifty fifty ball. But it seems everything is a penalty or a free kick that part of the Italian game I miss a lot. De Scilio , the hero of the Olimpico turning villain. Paulo Dybala has also improved in the last few games and was lively when he came on for Juve. No Chiesa by the way. The usual 3-5-2 for Inzaghi’s men with Perisic and Dumfries their usual menacing selves. As the game went own , Juve were feeling the pressure of the Inter attack. Inter were anything but goal shy attempting 23 shots on goal in the match. With the match edging towards penalties in extra time Inter pounced. Alexis Sanchez has had to do with a bit part role in the Nerrazzurri bandwagon. The ex Arsenal man showed that he still has the goal scoring instinct. Matteo Darmian latching on to a weak chest pass from Alex Sandro to Chiellini to find the Chilean who finished off Juve. This was in extra time of injury time. Inter winning the first trophy of the season. Juventus look set to finish the season without one.