Trapattoni tips Stramaccioni to lead Inter to victory over Juventus

The Ireland boss was involved in every Derby d'Italia between 1976 and 1994, and he has challenged the trainer to beat the Bianconeri and his sequence of eight straight wins
Giovanni Trapattoni believes the role of Andrea Stramaccioni in the Derby d'Italia between Juventus and Inter on Saturday could prove decisive in the final outcome.

The 36-year-old has steered the Nerazzurri to second place and his side are four points behind the Serie A champions ahead of the clash in Turin, while the hosts could go 50 matches unbeaten if they manage to avoid defeat.

His cause has been aided by a run of eight consecutive victories in all competitions to equal the current Republic of Ireland coach's sequence of results set in the 1988-1989 campaign, and the veteran is hopeful the young trainer can go one better.

"I'd be happy if my record was beaten by [Andrea] Stramaccioni," Trapattoni told Radio 105. "
The Nerazzurri are playing well thanks to his spark. It seems that the group are working great and the results are excellent.

"For me, he can do it [beat Trapattoni's run of eight straight wins]. Records are made to be broken and I'm not jealous. I would be happy for him."

Trapattoni oversaw all of the derby encounters between 1976 and 1994, having coached Juve and Inter on different occasions during that period, and he analysed the threats posed by both sets of teams.

"When two great teams go head to head, it is always finely balanced, so meetings can end in a draw," he added."Both sides are different: Juventus are more organised, balanced and unbeaten in 49 matches in the league.

"Inter have great individuality with their play, which so far has allowed them to put together many important results. That could be the decisive factor in

"Pirlo in midfield gives [Juve] rhythm to manoeuvre. He is Juventus' main weapon, like [Diego] Milito is Inter's Paolo Rossi. They share similar characteristics.

"[Wesley] Sneijder is also strong because he is now in his prime. However, in the middle of the field, Matthaus was in good shape. Someone like Lothar could be of use to any team today."

The game in Italy was recently thrown back into disrepute following a controversial refereeing performance in the Old Lady's 1-0 win over Catania last weekend, and the former Bayern Munich and Italy man repeated his calls for technological assistance.

"I would say 'yes' because I have been affected by refereeing decisions throughout my career," he continued. "I am not referring only to the [Thierry] Henry goal in the World Cup play-off with France.

All other sports rely on technology. Why can't football [follow suit]?"