Bastoni assist was planned

Alessandro Bastoni reveals what Antonio Conte told him after that fantastic assist that allowed Inter to beat Juventus 2-0. ‘We’d been trying for a long time.’

It was a dominant Derby d’Italia performance for the Nerazzurri, as Arturo Vidal’s header and Nicolò Barella running onto a magnificent Bastoni long ball sealed the 2-0 result.

“We really wanted to win this and prepared well,” the defender told Sky Sport Italia.

“We were fully concentrated for all 90 minutes and didn’t run many risks at the back, so it went very well. I think you could tell from the performance that we prepared well.

“The midfielders give us a big hand with their work in front of the defence. Even when we play against less prestigious sides, there is always going to be quality and it’s tough when you are left one-on-one against anyone.

“If we stay compact between midfield and defence, it’s better for everybody. We work really well as a team.”

Inevitably, Bastoni was asked about that astonishing long pass for Barella, which was clocked at 61.3 metres.

“We’d been trying that for a long time and it only really worked tonight. In fact, the coach told me: ‘At last, you did it!’” he grinned.


Chiellini: ‘Inter totally out-played Juve’

Giorgio Chiellini discusses his physical battle with Romelu Lukaku, admitting Juventus were ‘out-played in every area of the field’ by Inter in this 2-0 defeat.

The result was never really in doubt at San Siro, as Nicolò Barella created one goal for Arturo Vidal and scored the second himself on a long Alessandro Bastoni ball.

“You can make all the preparations and tests you want, but it’s about putting that into action. We didn’t win a single duel on the field today, Inter wanted it more and deserved the victory,” Chiellini told Sky Sport Italia.

“It’s a blow, but it mustn’t be a knockout blow, because we have the time to make up for it and a long way to go this season, starting on Wednesday against Napoli in the Supercoppa. Fortunately, we are playing again in three days, so we can put this behind us and focus on winning the first trophy of the campaign.”

Napoli beat Fiorentina 6-0 this afternoon and play at a high pace, so they’re going to potentially stretch Juve as well.

“There are times when you have to be humble and allow the opponents to have the ball, but our problem today was that when we were on the ball, we made a lot of mistakes and were constantly giving it away or not finding a way through.

“We were out-played in every area of the field, we kept taking too many touches, were moving the ball too slowly, we made too many mistakes.”

Juve fired Maurizio Sarri last season because his style of football never found a ‘spark’ within the players, so have they done any better under Andrea Pirlo?

“We had a few sparks this season, for instance in Barcelona. We had four wins in very tough games, but it becomes difficult to analyse a performance like this evening when there was such a big gap between the teams. It’s tough to talk about tactics and systems when you are so inferior on the night.

“The years go by, we are trying in every way to keep this era going and a 10th consecutive Scudetto would be truly incredible. It’s not easy, we are trying our best, but we had two blackouts and paid for them with heavy defeats to Fiorentina and Inter.”

Chiellini had quite a battle with Romelu Lukaku, although it was also a clean and fair one, with both men fighting it out.

“Lukaku is such an incredibly physical striker, you have to use your whole body to close him down. We managed to limit him, but not neutralise him completely. All games end with a few bruises and this is no different.”


Inter-Juve: social media reactions

While Inter players celebrate in the dressing room, Giorgio Chiellini tells his teammates: ‘Remember this defeat, don’t forget who we are.’

If you are on a mobile device or tablet, then follow the reactions HERE.

Inter dominated Juventus at the Stadio Meazza and pulled off a 2-0 against the Old Lady.

Arturo Vidal scored the opener after 12 minutes and was among the first players to post videos of dressing rooms celebrations on Instagram.

Alessandro Bastoni dedicated the victory to “every Inter fan”, while Juventus captain Giorgio Chiellini warned his teammates: “Remember this defeat, don’t forget who we are.”

Check out the social media reactions from Inter and Juventus players:


Conte on Juve, Inter and financial crisis

Antonio Conte assures Juventus remain ‘the reference point’ for Serie A clubs, so beating them 2-0 must give Inter ‘the self-belief to know we are on the right path, but admits to concern about their financial status.

This is the first time Conte has managed to beat Juve since leaving the club, having previously lost all three attempts.

It was another ex-Juve man, Arturo Vidal, who opened the scoring, before Nicolò Barella ran onto an inspired Alessandro Bastoni long ball.

“In order to beat a team like Juventus, which for all the Italian clubs are the reference point, we have to put in a great performance,” Conte told Sky Sport Italia.

“We did that this evening. We prepared well and it’s satisfying to see that we were right about the things we thought could hurt Juventus. The lads followed the plan perfectly and I am very happy for them, because these are games that must give you self-belief, let you understand you are on the right path.

“We already saw fruits of this process last season, we are continuing to see them this term. Juventus were an important reference point, a side that dominated Serie A for nine years, having done exceptional work both on the field and as a club.”

The Nerazzurri also had not defeated Juventus at San Siro in Serie A since September 2016, when Frank de Boer was at the helm.

“I still maintain Juve have a gap not just from Inter, but all the other clubs, but we are working to close the gap. We have seen that Inter regained their credibility, both on a national and international level, because we reached the Europa League Final.

“The Champions League elimination is an open wound and one we carry with us, but the lads know they can learn from those scars and use them to ensure the same things don’t happen again.”

Is this the end of the Juventus era that Conte himself started a decade ago?

“Eras end if you do not renovate and innovate, but Juve have done very well over the years to maintain a skeleton of the side like Chiellini, Bonucci and Buffon, who give you experience and a sense of belonging.

“Juventus did a great job by adding Morata, Kulusevski, McKennie and Chiesa this season alone, not to mention Arthur. That means there is a vision, there are people who know what they are doing and see what needs to be done early,” continued the coach.

“It’s incredible that Juve have dominated for nine years and want to dominate for a 10th. I do think the gap remains, but the other clubs are working more than ever to get closer. I have the utmost respect for Juventus, as they fully deserved all these victories.

“This is a start for us, but beating Juventus with such great champions, including Cristiano Ronaldo, should give you the belief that you are on the right track. I had never beaten Juventus in my coaching career. I always got hammered, and deservedly, so this is progress.”

It could’ve been a lot more than 2-0, as Lautaro Martinez in particular wasted several opportunities.

“We didn’t get goals from the strikers today, but I think it was mainly bad luck, as Lautaro and Romelu had the chances. This is a team that creates a great deal of scoring opportunities, but we don’t have the killer instinct, so we usually need three or four chances to score.

“At the same time, we have a team that can provide goals from many different players in all areas, so I am certainly not worried.”

Suning are in negotiations to sell Inter with reports of serious financial instability, perhaps needing to delay the payment of wages.

“We can’t say it is not of interest, because that would be a huge lie. At the same time, I’ve been very clear with the players and all those who work for the club,” confessed Conte.

“We must try to do our best, make the fans proud, and then we’ll see. I already knew from August that there were some problems. I hope the situation can be resolved in the best way.

“As I said, we hope it all goes in the best way for Inter and for all of us.”

Yet he couldn’t resist one final swipe at the club over the lack of investment when asked if Inter can now be considered Scudetto favourites.

“You can see the year-and-a-half of work on the field, even if some don’t see it, or don’t want to see it. I said this was an important step, as we had to learn to taste blood and kill the game. It’s very different to last season, when Juve effectively didn’t let us play. It’s the start, we need confirmation, but it’s a strong start.

“If people think we are the favourites now, imagine if we’d been able to work on the transfer market in August. We’d be massive favourites!”


Pirlo: ‘Juve could not have played worse’

Andrea Pirlo admits Juventus suffered ‘a bad defeat, we could not have played worse than this and it was unexpected’ against Inter.

The Bianconeri barely tested Samir Handanovic and were fortunate there weren’t more goals after the Arturo Vidal header and Nicolò Barella running onto a long Alessandro Bastoni pass.

Lautaro Martinez had several opportunities to extend the lead, but was wasteful in front of goal, whereas Federico Chiesa only really forced a save in the final minutes.

“We got the attitude wrong from the start and when you don’t have the determination to win the duels, it becomes difficult,” Pirlo told Sky Sport Italia.

“We just didn’t step onto the pitch, we were timorous, afraid of Inter’s attacking play, so in our minds we only focused on defending and weren’t even very aggressive with that either. We allowed Inter to take the initiative and they become devastating in those circumstances.

“Individual quality can only shine if you first match the opposition in terms of aggression and determination. We didn’t do that and it showed.

“It’s a bad defeat, we could not have played worse than this and it was unexpected, but we have to lift our heads and prepare for Wednesday and the Supercoppa against Napoli.”

Juve now have 33 points, seven adrift of Inter, but with a game in hand to be played against Napoli.

Pirlo was asked if this defeat changes Juventus ambitions and reduces their role in the Scudetto race.

“Our ambitions remain the same. It’s a slip-up against a strong opponent, these things happen, but what I am disappointed by is the attitude. A side like Juventus must come here with a certain confidence and ambition, the desire to take the initiative and steer the game in a certain direction, but we were too timid.

“We were too slow in our passing and above all did it with our defenders rather than the midfielders. We wanted to create the situation where Chiesa could take men on or Ramsey could go between the lines. That didn’t happen, because we moved it too slowly and too deep, so we never really pulled Inter players out of position. We were too predictable.

“The coach is always the first to take the blame, as if the team didn’t do what we planned, it means we didn’t understand the plan.

“We were disorganised on the opening goal, didn’t follow their through runs and were caught out. It all became more difficult from there.”