We're done with the World Cup qualifiers and all the stupid, nonsensical transfer rumors over the last two weeks of the international break . Now, it's back to the main course.
Juventus vs. Fiorentina at the Artemio Franchi is the fixture of the week. Both teams are in the top third of the table, both teams are managed by two of the best in Italy, both teams are incredibly talented sides who want to come out of the international break with some wind behind their sails.
And while many eyes may be on what lies in the distance when it comes to the Champions League, Juventus have a task directly in front of them that's also a challenge in of itself.
One could argue that Fiorentina was one of the squads that gave Juventus the most trouble in Serie A season ago. Sure, Juventus claimed a win and a draw over their purple-colored rivals from Tuscany, but Vincenzo Montella's squad was a challenging matchup for the Bianconeri. Add into account that the Viola currently have one of the hottest players in Serie A right now, one Giuseppe Rossi, and Fiorentina is no pushover.
So if Juve want to play a little bit better than how they entered the international break, that'd be cool with me (and a lot of other people for that matter). Go right ahead and show us you're ready for the trip to Madrid, gents.
And as an extra bonus, we'll get to see who has the best dressed manager — Montella or Antonio Conte. Let the debating begin!
UPDATE: LINEUPS ARE HERE!
Juventus XI (3-5-2): Buffon; Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini; Padoin, Pogba, Pirlo, Marchisio, Asamoah; Llorente, Tevez
Juventus bench: Storari, Rubinho, Motta, Caceres, Ogbonna, Peluso, Isla, De Ceglie, Bouy, Vidal, Giovinco
Fiorentina XI (3-4-2-1): Neto; Roncaglia, Gonzalo, Savic; Pasqual, Ambrosini, Pizarro, Aquilani; Borja Valero, Cuadrado; Rossi
Fiorentina bench: Munua, Compper, Tomovic, Vecino, Bakic, Joaquin, Fernandez, Alonso, Wolski, Vargas, Matos, Iakovenko