Mancini: It’s time In­ter beat Ju­ven­tus again

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In­ter coach Roberto Mancini be­lieves the time has come for the San Siro club to end a long win­less run against Ju­ven­tus when the sides meet in Serie A on Sun­day.

Mancini’s men were knocked off top spot by Fiorentina last week­end fol­low­ing a draw with Sam­p­do­ria and host the Scud­etto hold­ers when do­mes­tic ac­tion re­sumes.

In­ter’s last home win over Ju­ven­tus was a 2-0 tri­umph un­der Jose Mour­inho in Septem­ber 2010 and Mancini is ea­ger to re­peat the feat.

“Beat­ing Ju­ven­tus will be im­por­tant. We haven’t beaten them at home for five years now, so I’d say it’s time to do it again,” Mancini is quoted as say­ing by La Gazzetta dello Sport.

“It’s the Derby d’Italia I’m sure it will be a great evening be­tween two great teams. Now we have to play like In­ter.

“It’s a his­toric match, which au­to­mat­i­cally gives mo­ti­va­tion. We have to be well pre­pared, be­cause it brings par­tic­u­lar pres­sures with it.”

Mancini also of­fered as­sur­ances that Ge­of­frey Kon­dog­bia will be avail­able to fea­ture, but was less cer­tain over the chances of lead­ing goalscorer Ste­van Jovetic play­ing.

“Kon­dog­bia is fine, he’ll be avail­able,” the coach added. “Am I happy Steven Jovetic didn’t play for Mon­tene­gro? I’ll be even hap­pier if he plays on Sun­day.”

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