The Max Allegri era at Juventus will begin against those crazy Flying Donkeys. And, conveniently, Juventus' final match of the 2014-15 season will also be in Verona. Those other 36 rounds should be pretty interesting, too.
Allegri and the 2014-15 edition of the Old Lady will begin their third straight title defense on the road come the final weekend of August. Their opponent? Those Flying Donkeys of Chievo, who finished just four points out of the relegation zone last season. Make that two straight years where Juve don't open the season against Parma. This is getting to be extremely disappointing, Serie A schedule makers. You should know by now how much all of us around here enjoyed opening the season with a win over Parma.
This is what Juventus' first eight games of the season look like:
- Round 1: Away against Chievo.
- Round 2: Home against Udinese.
- Round 3: Away against AC Milan.
- Round 4: Home against Cesena.
- Round 5: Away against Atalanta.
- Round 6: Home against Roma.
- Round 7: Away against Sassuolo.
- Round 8: Home against Palermo.
Throw in the first couple Champions League group games and we'll know for sure just how difficult things will be as Juve approach the meat of their schedule domestically and in Europe. But this is for sure: Outside of the season opener, my eyes go right to Week 3 and Week 6. Maybe it's the same for you, too.
It might not be the season-opening gauntlet that Juve faced last season, but it's still a pretty good test for Allegri to begin his tenure as manager. The return to the San Siro is the big one for him personally, and getting Roma in Week 6 will show just how much — or little — the squad has progressed under Allegri thus far. And if Juve get to through the first 12 games and head into the first Turin derby of the season in relatively good shape, then things might just be okay.
Just for kicks this is how Juve will start 2015: Home against Inter Milan, away to Napoli, home to Hellas Verona.
How will they end the season? Home against Fiorentina, away to Sampdoria, home against Cagliari, away to Inter, home against Napoli, away to Hellas Verona.
Hope you've got your popcorn ready. This will certainly be interesting.
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