Italian Super Cup Game Time Thread: Juventus vs. Lazio

Claudio Villa

After a long and grueling tour of the United States, Juventus are back on Italian soil. And what exactly does that mean? Well, the first title defense of the season is right in front of their eyes.

There's no need to travel to Beijing. The road to the Supercoppa is a little easier one compared to a year ago. No need to hop on a plane for hours on end and enter a country where the language is completely different. Heck, Juventus players don't even need to dig up their passports again after their trip to the States. All that's needed is to

The objective is simple: Defend the Supercoppa in their opponent's home stadium.

If Juventus were to win their sixth Supercoppa in their illustrious history, it will be the second time they've won back-to-back trophies (the first being in 2002 and 2003 under some manager named Marcello Lippi). That's a pretty good model to follow in my humble opinion, but what do I really know anyways.

And hey, this time Antonio Conte gets to stand on the sidelines rather than watching from afar. (No offense, Mr. Carrera. but Conte is Conte and he deserves to be on the sideline for every game possible.)

What better way to stop people from freaking out than to win a trophy? Sounds fantastic! And this is just a guess on my part, but I think Andrea Pirlo is going to be starting. You can all yell at me if I'm wrong.

UPDATE: LINEUPS ARE IN!

Juventus XI (3-5-2): Buffon; Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini; Lichtsteiner, Vidal, Pirlo, Marchisio, Asamoah; Tevez, Vucinic

Juventus bench: Storari, Caceres, Isla, Ogbonna, De Ceglie, Marrone, Padoin, Pogba, Giovinco, Matri, Quagliarella, Llorente

Lazio XI (4-2-3-1): Marchetti; Cavanda, Biava, Dias, Radu; Biglia, Ledesma; Candreva, Hernanes, Lulic; Klose

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