Unlike the first time Juventus played Real Madrid, there doesn't seem to be miles of uncertainty talk to read about when it comes to what formation Antonio Conte is going to deploy against Carlo Ancelotti in just a few hours. The results in Madrid speak for themselves — against one of the Champions League favorites, Juve were the better side while playing at a stadium where many teams struggle.
Instead of worrying about which formation Conte is going to trot out at Juventus Stadium tonight, maybe it'll just be something along the lines of who will be the 11 players to take the field.
Maybe we should just ask Antonio himself. Mister, 3-5-2 or 4-3-3?
"We're able to operate in both systems. We could start with a certain formation and then change as the game progresses. What counts more than the system itself is the desire and intensity shown by my players."
Dammit, that's not much help, Antonio.
Let's try this again.
"Ronaldo, Bale, Benzema and Di Maria are extraordinary players when they have space in which to operate. From a tactical point of view, we need to repeat the good things we did in Madrid, cutting out the errors and looking to strike when we're in possession."
If by "repeating the good things we did in Madrid" Conte means "we're definitely going with a 4-3-3 because it worked out great" then I'm all for it. And that's what all the odds are pointing to. So if you're a betting man and want to maybe save some many, I suggest not going with the 3-5-2 option.
If the rumors are true, it's just a matter of — as said above — who exactly will play against Real Madrid. Some are suggesting Kwadwo Asamoah will move back from his normal left wingback position into a more natural leftback roll. Interesting. Very, very interesting.
So now it's your turn. Grab your autographed picture of Simone Padoin and let's see what you got. Who should Juventus roll with against Real Madrid tonight in Turin? But if you say Marco Motta starts at right back, you get banned.