Juventus vs. Inter Milan: Players Who Must Step Up in ICC Consolation
The International Champions Cup has not gone according to plan for either Juventus or Inter Milan, but each side has one more chance to impress in the seventh-place match between the rivals.
Each Serie A club has lost two matches in the tournament without winning a single one. Juventus fell to Everton on penalties before losing to host squad Los Angeles Galaxy. Inter have been even worse, beaten by Valencia and Chelsea by a combined score of 6-0.
Both sides would obviously like to see a better result heading into the Serie A season, although a few specific players have more to prove than others.
These men have struggled to this point in the tournament and will look to turn things around in their final appearance.
Ishak Belfodil, Inter
After a successful year with Parma, Ishak Belfodil is ready to make a name for himself with one of the bigger clubs in the league.
The 21-year-old has the potential to play a huge role this season, especially with Rodrigo Palacio losing a step over the years. Belfodil will be asked to be a primary contributor in the attack and already has high expectations.
In two matches this tournament, the young striker has not shown the ability we know he has to make things happen in the opposition box, but that has a little to do with a lack of opportunities.
Hopefully, this match will give him a chance to shine before the start of the season.
Esteban Cambiasso, Inter
After a long career of success with Inter, Esteban Cambiasso is starting to see the end of his reign. The 32-year-old made only 26 starts last season, a figure that could drop even more this year.
The reason for this was apparent in the first two matches in the ICC as the midfielder played more than 60 minutes in each. In that time, Inter was completely dominated in the middle third of the pitch.
Cambiasso could not help retain possession, he was not creative in the final third and he did not do much to stop the opposing attack.
While the veteran has been great for many years, he needs to prove he is still worthy of playing time in the future.
Carlos Tevez, Juventus
No matter what you have done in your career, moving to a new club always means there are new people to impress.
This is what Carlos Tevez must go through after the switch to Juventus from Manchester City. He is coming off a down year, but the talent that he possesses is unmistakable.
While the forward played most of the match against Everton, he was unable to get on the scoresheet and could only get off a couple of shots.
Tevez greatly improves the defending Serie A champs in the attacking third, but he will make people feel a lot better with a strong performance in this match.
Federico Peluso, Juventus
When Federico Peluso came to Juventus midseason last year from Atalanta, he was expected to solidify the defense immediately. However, one of the things that held him back was his tendency to foul.
In 12 appearances (seven starts) for Juventus in league play last year, he committed 16 fouls and received five yellow cards. He received a yellow card this week as well against Everton to go along with three fouls.
These types of plays provide too many opportunities for the opposing squad and it is pretty embarrassing for a veteran player to be unable to play defense without fouling.
If Peluso wants to get more starts going forward, he will need to play smarter in defense.
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