Can Conte’s Inter bridge the gap to Juve?
Juventus have dominated Italy's Serie A in recent years, sweeping all before them when winning eight titles on the bounce, but could that be about to change?
Antonio Conte was at the helm for the first three of those titles before moving on to take charge of the Italian national side, and eventually Chelsea, where he added a Premier League title and FA Cup to his honours.
Now he faces arguably his biggest test yet – bringing the glory days back to the Nerazzurri. Just before Juve’s period of dominance, it was indeed Inter who ruled the roost after winning Lo Scudetto four times on the bounce.
In 2009/10 with Jose Mourinho at the helm, they won Serie A, the Coppa Italia and the Champions League, but soon after his departure for Real Madrid they went on the slide, and Juve took charge.
However, many now believe Inter have a real chance to turn the tables once again and at least close the gap on the Bianconeri in the upcoming season.
Juventus themselves are now entering a transitional period following the somewhat bold decision to part company with Massimiliano Allegri despite winning five Serie A titles on the bounce.
The decision was taken to change direction, hence the appointment of former Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri, whose arrival has not gone down well with the Juventini, who themselves fear a changing of the guard.
Sarri brings a different approach and style of play, and if it does not go to plan then Inter and Conte could be the ones to take advantage.
Word from inside the San Siro has suggested the Inter players are already responding positively to Conte’s methods and will be raring to go come the start of the season.
The players are said to be fitter than ever following the introduction of more run-based sessions and they have impressed in pre-season against the likes of Tottenham and Paris Saint-Germain.
Conte has also been busy revamping the squad, moving players on and bringing in fresh signings, the biggest of which looks set to be Romelu Lukaku.
Inter Milan and Manchester United have reached an agreement for Romelu Lukaku worth £74m.
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) August 8, 2019
Inter have been chasing the Manchester United striker all summer and look to have finally landed their man, who could be the final piece in the jigsaw.
One thing is for certain: Conte is a winner. Juve know that and they will no doubt have some concerns their former leader could come back to haunt them.