It's the game after the game. Juventus got back to being Juventus during their trip to Spain. Real Madrid won the game, but the hope is that the actual performance can be the beginning of something better, something that produces a lot more than just quality football.
The first step in seeing what post-Madrid Juventus is like starts today.
Juventus Stadium awaits. It's been a pretty good amount of time since Juventus played in front of their home crowd. As of today, it's been 21 days since Juventus beat Milan 3-2 on Oct. 6 in Turin. Blame the international break all you want, but the numbers are the numbers, you guys. Now we can stop talking about Juventus having to be away from home. Juventus Stadium awaits and that's never a bad thing.
So, which will it be — another step forward or another potential Champions League hangover? Well, I know the second one may seem like as much of possibility as the first, but this is Antonio Conte's Juve we're talking about here. The showing against Real Madrid was what this team needed to re-instill what this team is trying to accomplish. And not to mention a much-needed boost of confidence as a result of playing damn well against one of the Champions League favorites.
Now it's just time to show that it's exactly the way we're all hoping it progresses.
Oh, and 3-5-2 or 4-3-3? That is the question. Well, not the only question, but an important one.
UPDATE: LINEUPS! 3-5-2 it is.
Juventus XI (3-5-2): Buffon; Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini; Isla, Vidal, Pirlo, Pogba, Asamoah; Llorente, Tevez
Juventus bench: Storari, Rubinho, Caceres, Ogbonna, Peluso, Motta, Padoin, De Ceglie, Marchisio, Giovinco
Genoa XI (3-4-3): Perin; Manfredini, Portanova, Antonini; Vrsaljko, Kucka, Biondini, Marchese; Bertolacci, Gilardino, Antonini