Giovanni Trapattoni believes the role of Inter Milan coach Andrea Stramaccioni could prove decisive in their crunch match against Juventus.
Stramaccioni has steered Inter to second place in Serie A, four points behind champions Juve ahead of the clash in Turin, where the hosts could go 50 matches unbeaten if they manage to avoid defeat.
Stramaccioni’s cause has been aided by a run of eight consecutive victories in all competitions to equal Trapattoni’s sequence of results set in the 1988/89 campaign, and the veteran – now in charge of Ireland – is hopeful the young trainer can go one better.
“I’d be happy if my record was beaten by (Andrea) Stramaccioni,” Trapattoni told Radio 105.
“The Nerazzurri are playing well thanks to his spark. It seems that the group are working great and the results are excellent.
“For me, he can do it (beat Trapattoni’s run of eight straight wins). Records are made to be broken and I’m not jealous. I would be happy for him.”