What's the best way to avoid a club like Real Madrid in the Round of 16? What about Bayern Munch? And Barcelona? Basically, what do you want to do to avoid a club that could potentially a deep Champions League run for Juventus before it truly, truly gets going?
It's simple: Win the damn group you're in, and don't worry about Bayern, Real or Barca when Pavel Nedved and his wonderful hair is sitting at the first knockout stage draw next Monday, Dec. 14, in Nyon, Switzerland.
You want to keep Pavel happy, right? Of course you do, Juventus players.
When Juve takes the field against Sevilla tonight, all they will need to secure the top spot in Group D is one single point. "All you need is one..." or something like that. If Juventus takes care of business, be it a draw or win against Sevilla tonight, the result of Manchester City-Borussia Monchengladbach means nothing. Absolutely nothing at all. If you see Juve up 1-0 tomorrow entering the final few minutes, don't even pay attention to what's going on over in Merry Old England. That's because as it stands right now, this is more about Juventus don't what they need to do rather than needing help from anybody else.
Juve has gotten results in their first five group stage games. This may seem like a foreign concept to some, but it's the truth. That's why they've been able to essentially be in first place from the very beginning sans a couple weeks after that second straight draw with Gladbach.
So here's to one final group stage game. And maybe, just maybe, a nice finish atop the group.
Just do what you gotta do to avoid the other big fellas, Juventus. That's all we ask.
Juventus XI (3-5-2): Buffon; Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini; Lichtsteiner, Sturaro, Marchisio, Pogba, Alex Sandro; Morata, Dybala
Juventus bench: Neto, Rugani, Vitale, Pellini, Cuadrado, Morselli
Sevilla XI (4-2-3-1): Sergio Rico; Coke, Rami, Kolo, Tremoulinas; Krychowiak, N'Zonzi; Vitolo, Banega, Konoplyanka; Llorente
Sevilla bench: Soria, Escudero, Mariano Ferreira, Krohn-Dehli, Iborra, Reyes, Gameiro
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