Juventus has shown over the past few weeks that they don't need all of their stars in the starting lineup to be success. That's not going to be any different tonight at the Tardini against Parma simply because of who hasn't made the trip with the rest of the squad.
There won't be Andrea Pirlo. Nor will there be Carlos Tévez and Gigi Buffon. Andrea Barzagli is trying to shake off a minor injury setback, while Paul Pogba is still weeks away from making his return to the starting lineup.
And it's true. This evening's starting lineup will be filled with reserves and backups. Tuesday night's lineup at Juventus Stadium that stands on the field during the Champions League anthem will be as close to full strength as everything allows it to be for Max Allegri. Injuries exist because they always do, but minus Pogba and Pirlo, Tuesday's starting lineup is close to the first choice one as anything he has rolled with this season.
But first comes today's starting lineup, one that is far from what you will consider Juve's best or most competitive squad.
There will be squad rotation because of what's standing in front of Juventus in a couple of days. Here, Juventus has a 14-point lead and is about to to take the field against the worst team in Serie A this season. On Tuesday, Juventus' European dreams will be put to the test once more. We know which one is the higher priority if we were to sit back and do some kind of power ranking list.
Luckily for us, though, Juventus gets to play this one, then that one; they get to get closer to wrapping up their fourth straight Scudetto before trying to get closer to that trophy with big ears.
Different games with different priorities. Sometimes, though, you can't have one before you get to the other. Funny how that works out sometimes, isn't it?
Starting lineups for both Juventus and Parma will be announced RIGHT HERE when they become available. Let there be fun, let there be another three points for Juventus, and, most importantly, let there be SIMONE PADOIN. (You can question these priorities; I won't disagree with you on that one.)
Juventus XI (4-3-1-2): Storari; Lichtsteiner, Chiellini, Ogbonna, Padoin; Vidal, Marchisio, Sturaro; Pereyra; Coman, Llorente
Juventus bench: Rubinho, Audero, Bonucci, Marrone, De Ceglie, Evra, Pepe, Vitale, Matri, Morata
Parma XI (3-5-2): Mirante; Santacroce, Mendes, Feddal; Varela, Jose Mauri, Jorquera, Nocerino, Gobbi; Ghezzal, Belfodil