Goal.com Special: Inter-Juventus: Key Battles

Goal.com looks at the key individual duels ahead of Sunday's showdown between the two Italian giants.
Samuel Eto'o v Giorgio Chiellini

Inter coach Rafa Benitez will be looking to Cameroonian international Samuel Eto'o to provide Inter with goals on Sunday. Eto'o has been in excellent form all season long and netted a hat-trick in Wednesday's Champions League game against Werder Bremen to illustrate his outstanding form.

However, it won't be an easy game for Eto'o this weekend, as he will have to deal with one of the best defenders in Serie A. Giorgio Chiellini has developed into Juventus' absolute star player in the past couple of seasons and usually is as solid as a rock at the back. Additionally, he's been a real threat going forward this season.

Wesley Sneijder v Claudio Marchisio

Sneijder has been the man behind pretty much every dangerous Inter attack since his arrival from Real Madrid in the summer of 2009 and the Netherlands international will be eager to show his class with yet another fine performance against Juventus. The gifted playmaker is one of the best passers around and he could cause the Juve goalie some serious problems with his long range strikes.

Marchisio will be fully aware of the Dutchman's threat though and the midfielder will do his utmost to frustrate Sneijder's attempts to direct play from midfield. The 24-year-old will not just enter the pitch to keep his direct opponent at bay though, but will have his say on Juventus' build-up play as well.

Christian Chivu v Milos Krasic

Juventus needed some serious negotiations to lure Serbian winger Milos Krasic away from CSKA Moscow this summer, but they will be quite pleased that they eventually succeeded. The versatile attacker has already developed into a key player for the Vecchia Signora and netted a hat-trick against Cagliari last week to underline his importance for the Turin side.

Chivu will probably have the task to keep Krasic at bay on Sunday and the former Ajax and Roma star awaits a difficult game. The highly rated defender is often regarded as the weakest link in Inter's back-line and Chivu will have to be at his best if he is to keep his direct opponent quiet at the Giuseppe Meazza.

Lucio v Vincenzo Iaquinta

Juventus were continually being linked with a move for Wolfsburg hitman Edin Dzeko, but eventually failed to land their man. Therefore, head coach Luigi Del Neri has to rely on Italian international Vincenzo Iaquinta to lead Juve's front line. The striker scored once in midweek against Manchester City and will be eager to repeat this feat in Milano at the weekend.

Lucio has been struggling with injury in the past couple of days, but latest reports suggest that the Brazil international will make it against Juventus. The 32-year-old is not just an outstanding defender, but Lucio's impressive runs forward could lead to some dangerous situations up front, too. Therefore, Iaquinta will probably be forced to track back on occasions as well.

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