Just in case you've forgotten, this is my stance on international breaks right as the season begins: They're stupid. Very, very, very stupid. And because Serie A started later than usual because of the World Cup, that means we got all of one Juventus game before having to wait two whole weeks for the next one.
Luckily for us, that two-week wait is over. Smell ya later, international break, your time is done here.
Juventus begin their post-international break schedule at their crown jewel of a stadium against their bianconeri brethren and the club in which they've sent so many millions of euros to over the past few years. Yep, it's Udinese coming to town for a Saturday night showdown at Juventus Stadium.
All those folks who were battling the flu before the international break, well they're all good now. That means Fernando Llorente will have the chance to score at home against Udinese for the second straight season. Roberto Pereyra may or may not get a chance to play against the team he was part of just a few months ago.
Regardless, there's always going some kind of storyline whenever Juventus plays Udinese. And this season's first meeting has the added bonus of Andrea Stramaccioni, the man tasked with replacing Francesco Guidolin.
Let's just hope Juventus come out of the international break like they went into it. Based on how he looked in the season opener, I hope it's not the same for Antonio Di Natale. Nothing personal, Toto...
Lineups from both teams who wear black and white — hopefully not at the same time, though — will be posted right here when they become available. Let the #ComanTheBarbarian watch continue. I heard his debut went rather well. Still waiting on confirmation of that...
UPDATE: LINEUPS ARE IN!
Juventus XI (3-5-2): Buffon; Caceres, Bonucci, Ogbonna; Lichtsteiner, Pereyra, Marchisio, Pogba, Evra; Tevez, Llorente
Juventus bench: Storari, Rubinho, Romulo, Barzagli, Padoin, Pepe, Asamoah, Mattiello, Coman, Morata, Giovinco
Udinese XI (3-5-2): Karnezis; Heurtaux, Danilo, Bubnjic; Widmer, Allan, Guilherme, Kone, Pasquale; Muriel, Di Natale
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