Walter Mazzarri has already experienced one game against Juventus as Inter manager, but that encounter was a pre-season friendly on neutral ground in Miami, and there is no doubt that much more will be at stake when his men line up against the Bianconeri at the San Siro tomorrow.
The 51-year-old spent the past two seasons battling Juve for Scudetto glory in the Napoli dugout, and so he knows all about the importance of facing the champions of Italy.
Speaking to the media this afternoon, the Nerazzurri manager said: “Juventus have prestige and experience, while we’re developing and need to learn to believe in ourselves.
“At this moment in time we need to make a good performance our priority, play well like we did in our last two games and learn from the mistakes that me made. We’ll have to be careful when not in possession and develop our play when we have the ball.”
On the Derby d’Italia rivalry, he praised the effect it has on everyone concerned: “Every day the fans show how much it means to them. It’s something that is good for the sport, it gives everyone a lift and as far as I’m concerned I like it when there’s pressure.
“We know how much this match means and also that a victory would be more important for us.”