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Juventus vs. Lazio: You choose the starting lineup for Max Allegri

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We bring back this little game for one incredibly important reason.

As Juventus head over the river and through the woods — or something like that — on their way to the Italian capital, there is an absolute dearth of legitimate, totally match-fit options to go with in the midfield tonight against Lazio. We knew that coming in, so that's not exactly breaking news. But when you consider that half of those options were nursing injuries just a small number of days ago. That's the situation. That's what Max Allegri has to deal with right now.

So what do you do? What should Mad Max do? What do you want to do?

I will just leave this here as an example of a lineup that one of Italy's biggest media outlets is suggesting will happen. And based on the background color, you will probably figure out where it's from within a couple of seconds.

Juve-Lazio XI

Okay, so 3-5-2 with BBC at the back, that's no major shock to any of us here. Same goes for Patrice Evra and Stephan Lichtsteiner at their respective wingback positions. And it'd be cool to see Álvaro Morata and Paulo Dybala start alongside one another because it hasn't happened in a decent amount of games. There's just one thing that has caught my eye in the possible Juventus starting lineup above. Let's see here...

Alex Sandro playing as a central midfielder next to Claudio Marchisio.

Alex Sandro playing as a central midfielder next to Claudio Marchisio.

Alex Sandro playing as a central midfielder next to Claudio Marchisio.

Yeah, Alex Sandro, the big-money summer signing from Porto who has absolutely been killing it as a left (wing)back to begin his Juventus career, is being projected as a possible solution to solve Allegri's current midfield conundrum. And while it would make a lot more sense to have one of Mario Lemina or Kwadwo Asamoah start on Marchisio's left-hand side, maybe there's something to this Sandro-as-a-midfielder thing.

Or maybe, just maybe, it's a total load of crap.

You can go ahead and decide which applies here.

But we know something will have to be decided before Juventus takes the Stadio Olimpico field Friday night. There are more midfielders available to Allegri than I originally thought there would be as part of the 21-man squad called up for the Lazio match. Maybe that means those players we thought might not be in the equation might actually are. Seeing as we know Marchisio and Stefano Sturaro are locks to start against Lazio, at least we know only one of the central three midfield spots needs to be filled. So we've got that going for us, which is okay, I guess.