Football: Icardi's chance to impress
12:00 AM, February 05, 2017 / LAST MODIFIED: 03:14 PM, February 05, 2017

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Icardi's chance to impress

Serie A sinner Mauro Icardi can impress Argentina coach Edgardo Bauza when he watches the Inter Milan striker at leaders Juventus on Sunday, according to coach Stefano Pioli.

Inter, in fourth nine points adrift, are targeting their first away league win over the 32-time Italian champions since November 2012.

But Pioli's men are on an eight-game winning streak, albeit one that has seen Icardi hit only three of the 15 goals that have given him a share of the league lead with Juventus and Argentina striker Gonzalo Higuain and Roma's Edin Dzeko.

By all accounts, Bauza should be turning his attention to on-form Juve striker Higuain, who has struck six times in his last five league outings, as well as compatriot and teammate Paulo Dybala.

Both have been decisive in helping Juve carve open a four-point lead on title rivals Roma, with a game in hand to boot.

But asked whether Icardi or Higuain was better, Pioli told Inter Channel: "Icardi." He added: "Bauza's visit will be a pleasant surprise for everybody, especially Icardi."

Yet controversy continues to surround Icardi, whose sole appearance for the Albiceleste was a second-half cameo appearance in a World Cup qualifying loss to Uruguay in 2013.

After an eventual return hit the skids last year, reports claimed Barcelona star Lionel Messi was behind Icardi's exclusion over his treatment of Maxi Lopez.

Icardi and Lopez were once friends while they played at Sampdoria, until Lopez's wife Wanda Nara left him for his younger teammate.

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