Ladies and gentlemen, it's Derby d'Italia day. We've known about this day since the Serie A schedule was announced, then forced to sit through a two-week international break following Juventus' last game, a 3-1 win over Bologna in Turin. That's not exactly the most ideal situation, but it has led to plenty of build-up for one of Italy's fiercest rivalries.
But that day is here.
Oh, yes. That day is most certainly here.
Derby d'Italia day has the chance to be a good one. Well, I guess to be fair and balanced, it also has the chance to be a frustrating one, so there's also that. But seeing as Juve have played well in their last couple of games, I'm going to think good thoughts. Sami Khedira is back, Claudio Marchisio is back, Max Allegri actually has 90 percent of his roster to choose from for once. These are all good things to make us think good thoughts.
Now there's the matter of actually going out and playing like champions.
And what better way to show that start to the Serie A season is a thing of the past than doing so in the derby? We all know how Juve have gotten the job done in the Champions League this season, but league opposition has been a completely different story. Winning consecutive games will help, and doing so against the second-place team in the league would probably put some of those naysayers on mute for a little bit.
I'm cool with that. Juventus winning is nice. I like when Juventus win. And I like when Inter loses. So why not make it the best of both worlds and do exactly that, Juve?
Yeah, good idea, that.
Juventus XI (3-5-2 or 4-3-3): Gianluigi Buffon; Andrea Barzagli, Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini; Juan Cuadrado, Sami Khedira, Claudio Marchisio, Paul Pogba, Patrice Evra; Simone Zaza, Álvaro Morata
Juventus bench: Neto, Emil Audero, Hernanes, Alex Sandro, Mario Mandzukic, Mario Lemina, Simone Padoin, Paulo Dybala, Kwadwo Asamoah, Daniele Rugani, Stefano Sturaro, Roberto Pereyra
Inter Milan XI (4-3-1-2 or 4-3-3): Samir Handanovic; Davide Santon, Jeison Murillo, Miranda, Juan Jesus; Marcelo Brozovic, Gary Medel, Felipe Melo; Ivan Perisic; Maruo Icardi, Stevan Jovetic
Inter Milan bench: Juan Pablo Carrizo, Tommaso Berni, Geoffrey Kondogbia, Rodrigo Palacio, Jonathan Biabiany, Alex Telles, Fredy Guarin, Martin Montoya, Andrea Ranocchia, Assane Demoya Gnoukouri, Danilo D'Ambrosio, Yuto Nagatomo, Rey Manaj
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