If anybody tells you the next couple of hours will be relaxing and kick-your-feet-up-on-the-couch-worthy, well, then you've probably got another thing coming to you. If they try to convince you that this Juventus-Atlético Madrid will be a low-key kind of match, go right ahead and drop them with (insert your favorite wrestling move here).
There will be stress. There will be nail biting. There will at least one of the teams that take the Juventus Stadium field tonight moving onto the Round of 16. But will there be a Juventus win or draw that sees Max Allegri's men advance to the knockout stage of the Champions League?
That's the million-dollar question entering tonight's crucial group stage finale against Atlético Madrid. Juventus can go through with a draw just like they can take first in the group with a win of 2-0 or more. But Juventus need to advance just like we need to eat food on a daily basis to survive.
So let's await a nice, enjoyable game where Juventus is the undeniable favorite. Or we can just stress the hell out for the next couple of hours and hope like all hell that Allegri and his squad can get the job done.
I'll put my money on Option No. 2, thank you.
Juventus vs. Atlético Madrid. Not going to be relaxing, definitely going to be stressful as hell. Let's just hope that it's one of those nights where Juventus channel their inner badass and take down one of last year's Champions League finalists in their trip to the marvel that is Juventus Stadium.
.@OfficialAllegri: "We're at home with the fans behind us. We're in good shape but know it will be a tough one against an in-form side" #UCL— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) December 8, 2014
The starting lineups for both Juventus and Atlético Madrid will be posted RIGHT HERE when they become available. Will Simone Padoin get the chance to continue his run as a starter this season? A very good question for a very important game. Just think, Padoin propels Juventus to a big win over Atléti and the top spot in Group A. You could almost make it into a wonderful Hollywood movie, huh?
UPDATE: LINEUPS ARE IN!
Juventus XI (4-3-1-2): Buffon; Lichtsteiner, Bonucci, Chiellini, Evra; Pereyra, Pogba, Pirlo; Vidal; Tevez, Llorente
Juventus bench: Storari, Ogbonna, Pepe, Padoin, Mattiello, Giovinco, Morata
Atletico Madrid XI (4-4-2/4-2-3-1): Moya; Juanfran, Gimenez, Godin, Siqueira; Mario Suarez, Gabi; Raul Garcia, Koke, Arda Turan; Mandzukic
Atletico Madrid bench: Oblak, Jesus Gamez, Tiago, Saul, Rodriguez, Cerci, Griezmann
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