Defending Serie A champions, Juventus lost their match yesterday, January, 18 to Inter Milan. Former Bianconeri boss Antonio Conte, who started Juventus’ revival a decade ago with three title wins, taught his old side a lesson to leave them seven points off the summit while putting Inter level with leaders AC Milan.
Ex-Juventus icon Arturo Vidal, a key man in Conte’s Turin side, opened the scoring at the San Siro in the 12th minute with a powerful header.
It was an especially controversial moment as the Chilean, signed from Barcelona last summer, was filmed KISSING the Juventus badge while chatting with former team-mate Giorgio Chiellini before kick-off.
Despite losing out in possession, Inter had plenty of more attempts on goal than their fierce rivals as Romelu Lukaku outshone Cristiano Ronaldo.
And Inter gave themselves a commanding advantage in the 52nd minute when Nicolo Barella hit the target for 2-0.
Juventus, who also gave starts to ex-Premier League players including Aaron Ramsey, Alvaro Morata and Danilo, looked short on ideas as they searched in vain for a consolation goal.
And after coming up short, the pressure is mounting on new gaffer Andrea Pirlo – another key player from Conte’s famous Juve side.
He was brought in to replace Maurizio Sarri, who was cruelly axed in August despite guiding Juventus to a ninth consecutive title.
However, inexperienced Pirlo is now in danger of missing out completely on a trophy that has become synonymous with the Old Lady in recent memory.