Like a good number of you, I spent a decent portion of my Tuesday hearing about whether or not Juventus will have a different look when they take the field against Real Madrid. Talk, talk, talk. All these different outlets seem to be saying things will change, but who really knows what the heck is going to happen.
But what if it's true? What if Antonio Conte is actually going to change things up? There are thoughts running through my head. Tactics, tactics, this formation, that formation. So many thoughts. Maybe I should write them down somewhere...
Then I ventured around the internet for my first glance at what I've missed while I was at work and then I saw this around the Football Italia part of the internet...
Juventus boss Antonio Conte is considering the use of a 4-3-1-2 system in this evening's Champions League test at Real Madrid.
...WAIT A SECOND. I was all like, "Wait, what?"
What does all of this changing of formations include?
Uruguayan international Martin Caceres could be fielded at right-back after he returned from injury, with Giorgio Chiellini being pushed over to the left-back spot from his usual centre-back duties.
Claudio Marchisio, meanwhile, will be asked to play in a more advanced midfield role to support a tandem attack of Carlos Tevez and Fernando Llorente.
So, against Real Madrid, away from home for the second straight game and in what is certainly going to be one of the biggest matches of the season, Conte is going to suddenly ditch his beloved 3-5-2 that has brought him and the club so much success? Huh. That sounds...risky? Interesting? Maybe not very smart?
There's been — and will continue to be — a whoooooole lotta talk about Conte drastically changing his formation for Real Madrid. 3-5-2? Nah. 4-3-1-2? Maybe. 3-5-1-1? Maybe. So many options being talked about, nobody is focusing on Conte trying to just fix what is wrong with his current group that stands in front of him.
But guess what, you guys?
Now it's your turn. Put on your Conte baseball cap, maybe even get a hair plug or two, and give us your best starting XI for tonight's clash against Carlo Ancelotti and Real Madrid. The best formation will be awarded a special prize.
(Prizes are currently fictitious and will never actually happen.)