Juventus and the Champions League. It goes together like peanut better and jelly. Or something along those lines. I'm not entirely sure, though. Maybe I'll have to think about it again.
Or maybe I'll just talk about the game that's about to happen.
In a matter of minutes, Juventus' Champions League campaign will be officially underway. It won't be happening in Turin like some probably hoped. But in Juve's voyage to Denmark, they will be facing the squad that just about everybody is picking to finish dead
But, ya know, we've been down this road before.
Juventus' Champions League trip to Denmark last season didn't go as planned. A dying-stages equalizer from Mirko Vucinic meant Juve left with a point, but nothing more. You think Antonio Conte doesn't want to repeat history? I think we all know the answer to that — especially considering Real Madrid and Galatasaray are doing battle in Turkey at the same time as his Juve squad faces FC Copenhagen.
Sure, it's just the first game of the group stages, but there's to think that anything other than three points would be considered quite a missed opportunity in Conte's mind. Well, not just Conte's mind. I think we all remember the threads that took place around these parts when Juve finished the 1-1 draw against Nordsjælland last Oct. 23.
I don't feel like repeating history. That wasn't fun.
Conte wants a win. We want Conte to get a win. Now it's just time to go out and get the job done. We'll see if Conte kicks off this talk of rotating his squad in Denmark or waits for the domestic games the next seven days to arrive.
UPDATE: LINEUPS — AND SQUAD ROTATION!
Juventus XI (3-5-2): Buffon; Bonucci, Ogbonna, Chiellini; Lichtsteiner, Vidal, Pirlo, Pogba, Peluso; Quagliarella, Tevez
Juventus bench: Storari, De Ceglie, Padoin, Asamoah, Isla, Giovinco, Llorente
Copenhagen XI (4-4-2): Wiland; Jacobsen, Mellberg, R Sigurdsson, Bengtsson; Bolanos, Claudemir, Delaney, Braaten; Adi, N Jorgensen
Copenhagen bench: Jensen, Margreitter, Remmer, Kristensen, Gislason, Santin, Toutouh