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Italians welcomed back a familiar face on Tuesday, the witch-like figure of La Befana making her annual visit as the nation celebrated the Christian festival of Epiphany. In Milan, a record-breaking 2km-long stocking was prepared for her to fill with gifts and sweets. In Genoa, she arrived by jet ski instead of her customary broom.

But in Turin, as usual, the locals were more concerned with the progress of another Old Lady. Juventus would celebrate the holiday by facing Internazionale in the Derby d’Italia. On paper, it might have looked like a straightforward enough fixture against opponents who sat 11th in the table. But the Nerazzurri brought with them a special weapon, in the form of a talented young man.

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