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Marco Storari to start in goal for Juventus against Pescara

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Claudio Villa

You were wondering what the lineup that Antonio Conte rolls out against Pescara on Saturday will look like, eh? Well, the Juventus manager gave you the first answer to the 11-part question during his pre-match press conference on Friday afternoon.

It's not the squad rotation you probably expected, but it's the right move to rest Buffon in a game that is against a team destined for relegation in about six weeks or so. And for a backup like Storari, who has only played in two league games (both 2-0 wins over Parma in the season opener and Napoli in October) and three Coppa Italia matches this season, the chance to step in between the pipes is certainly a welcomed change than telling jokes with Nicolas Anelka for a couple of hours every weekend.

Now go rest up for Bayern on Wednesday, Gigi. I'm going to go out on a limb and say that he'll be a bit buser in goal than Storari will be against a Pescara squad that is currently on a six-game losing streak, lost 10 out of the last 11, recorded only four — FOUR! — points since the calendar flipped to 2-13, and has scored a Serie A-worse 21 goals in 30 games so far this season.

And did you notice that even though he played a very un-Gigi-like game against Bayern Munich mid-week, Buffon never used it as an excuse in the post-match interviews afterwards? That's class, folks. But it makes you wonder just how much the sickness was hurting his level of play on Tuesday, though. Not that it's the sole reason why he struggled to hold onto a shot or anything like that, but it's makes you think.