Federico Chiesa is a dynamic forward for Juventus, while Marcus Thuram plays in almost the same position for Inter Milan. A quarter of a century ago, their fathers – striker Enrico Chiesa and central defender Lilian Thuram – helped Parma win the Italian Cup and the UEFA Cup. Lilian became a player for Juventus, his son’s upcoming rival, while Enrico moved to Fiorentina, where his son Federico began his career.
Both current players have scored four goals each this season, with Marcus Thuram going even further with five assists. Federico Chiesa is Juve’s only regular in attack, with coach Massimiliano Allegri alternating between Dusan Vlahovic and Moise Keane as his attacking partners.
Marcus Thuram, for his part, has successfully filled the vacancy created after Romelu Lukaku’s difficult departure to Inter and formed an equally dangerous attacking duo with Lautaro Martinez.
This is also a match between two of Serie A’s best clubs, with Inter taking the first place. A point lead over Juventus.
As the gap from third-placed Milan is eight points, an Italian derby could put either Inter or Juventus in the lead.
Inter have already qualified for the knockout round of the Champions League, while scandal-plagued Juventus are not playing in Europe this season.
It’s a clash of opposing styles: Allegri’s Juve are known for their tight defense and rare forays forward, while Simone Inzaghi’s Inter score an average of nearly 2.5 goals per game in the Italian championship.
The match could feature the third son of a Serie A player from the 1990s, but Juventus winger Timothy Vea – son of former Milan striker George Vea – looks likely to miss the game through injury.
One of the keys to the match could be how players such as Lautaro and Juventus defender Gleison Bremer, who returned from Tuesday’s tumultuous Brazil vs. Argentina match in South America, perform.
Next week Interwe have a tough match against the world champion Napoli.
Walter Mazzarri returns as Napoli coach on Saturday in the match against Atalanta.
Mazzarri, who previously coached Napoli a decade ago, has been hired to replace the sacked Rudi Garcia.
The coaching change comes six months after Napoli won their first Serie A title since Diego Maradona played for the club.
Napoli have now lost three home games in Serie A – after just two defeats last season.
Napoli striker Victor Osimen may recover from a right thigh injury that has kept him out of action for more than a month.
Napoli are in fourth place, with Atalanta one point behind in fifth.
Milan host sixth-place Fiorentina on Saturday and are trying to break a four-match unbeaten streak.
But the rossoneri lineup is missing key striker Rafael Leão, who sprained a muscle during the draw with Lecce before kick-off.At half-time, Russia will be without center forward Olivier Giroud, who is serving the first match of a two-match suspension for insulting the referee.