And now we're back to our regularly schedule programming. Back to what has become an incredibly rapid catching of Roma in the Serie A table. Back to (hopefully) a second straight charge towards getting into the Champions League's knockout stages.
While the last part is a few days away, the other two are right there in front of us.
Juventus have a chance — at least for 24 hours or so — to jump over their capital city rivals and regain their spot atop the Serie A mountain when they head to the Armando Picchi to face Livorno in an afternoon return to calcio. It may be temporary considering Roma play some Monday night football against Cagliari tomorrow at the Olimpico, but the fact remains the same.
I guess the combination of Juventus hitting their stride and Roma stumbling against two teams in the bottom third of the table has something to do with it, eh?
But I digress.
Juve have their own match against a team that could very well be in the relegation come a few months from now. And it's not just the first opportunity to prove to us the international break derailed the good form they had going. No, no. This is the chance to put even more pressure on a Roma team that has seen its seat go from warm to a raging inferno.
Hearing footsteps, anybody?
Let the backline roulette get underway. I hear with the suspensions to Leonardo Bonucci and Angelo Ogbonna it might be a doozy.
UPDATE: LINEUPS ARE IN!
Juventus XI (3-5-2): Buffon; Caceres, Vidal, Chiellini; Padoin, Pogba, Pirlo, Marchisio, Asamoah; Tevez, Llorente
Juventus bench: Storari, Rubinho, De Ceglie, Peluso, Motta, Quagliarella, Vucinic
Livorno XI (3-5-2): Bardi; Coda, Rinaudo, Ceccherini; Schiattarella, Luci, Mbaye, Emerson, Greco; Siligardi, Emeghara
Livorno bench: Aldegani, Anania, Lambrughi, Piccini, Gemiti, Biagianti, Valentini, Belinghieri, Decarli, Mosquera, Benassi, Borja