You know it's a big night in Italian football when the big-time sports dailies make a front page that catches your eye within two seconds of looking at it. Today is no different with Juventus and Monaco set to claim one of the four spots in the Champions League semifinals.
This is what Turin-based daily Tuttosport has to offer, ladies and gentlemen...
That's a damn good headline. And a damn good picture to go with it. It's an A-plus kind of presentation from an Italian newspaper that is associated with a bunch of terrible transfer rumors yet pretty good interviews.
But today isn't the day to talk about potential transfer targets or anything like that. This is one of the biggest days Juventus as a club has had in years. The Champions League semifinals is just two halves of football away if everything goes according to plan in Monte Carlo tonight. Heck, Juve don't need everything to go right to advance, per se, just most of it. Like, you know, being up on aggregate come the end of 90 minutes against Monaco.
They've risen to the occasion so many times over the past two months, this is the perfect time for another one of those special nights. So much is at stake, so much is riding on this one game, it's going to take a classic Juventus performance to see the best team in Italy through to the Champions League semifinals and retake their place amongst the very best in all of European football.
You want a good omen? Well then here's a very, very good omen that just so happens to do with the Champions League as well. Just don't get ahead of yourselves, okay, folks?
Can Juventus rise to the occasion once again and make it into the Champions League semifinals?
I sure as hell hope so. We already have a Scudetto party in the makings. So how about one that involves being one of the final four teams in Europe's biggest club competition? That would be a pretty damn good party, too.
Starting lineups for both Juventus and Monaco will be posted RIGHT HERE when they become available. Let there be Buffon, let there be Tévez and Morata, let there, all else, be a Juventus victory to celebrate. Man, that sure would be quite an accomplishment considering how we sat here in the beginning of August not knowing what the hell to think this season would turn into.
UPDATE: LINEUPS ARE IN!
Juventus XI (3-5-2): Buffon; Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini; Lichtsteiner, Vidal, Pirlo, Marchisio, Evra; Tevez, Morata
Juventus bench: Storari, Ogbonna, Padoin, Sturaro, Pereyra, Llorente, Matri
Monaco XI (4-3-3): Subasic; Fabinho, Raggi, Abdennour, Kurzawa; Joao Moutinho, Toulalan, Kondogbia; Bernardo Silva, Martial, Ferreira-Carrasco
Monaco bench: Stekelenburg, Wallace, Elderson, Dirar, Matheus Carvalho, Berbatov, Germain