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Coppa Italia Game Time Thread: Juventus vs. Fiorentina

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If Juventus fails to get to the Coppa Italia final, their season won't be considered a failure. There are bigger fish to fry than winning the competition that is associated with being a secondary trophy in Italy and a venue for massive squad rotation as much as anything else.

But here's the thing: I want Juventus to win the Coppa Italia. Maybe not as much as I want them to take the Champions League trophy with big ears back to Turin with them, but I want Juve to win the Coppa Italia — soon. The last time Juventus won the Coppa Italia, my 8-year-old mind didn't even know the club itself or the tournament even existed.

So if Juventus are to play in a Coppa Italia final for the first time since Antonio Conte's first season as manager, the current situation will have to be changed. And changed quite a bit.

Juventus head to Florence looking to get rid of the 2-1 deficit they created thanks to a drab performance in leg one against Fiorentina. That means, to the surprise of nobody, that Juve will have to win tonight's game at the Franchi by a two-goal margin at the very minimum.

Can they do it?

Will they try to do it?

Will Fiorentina just sit back and part their purple bus from the opening whistle to try and keep their one-goal aggregate lead?

There's a lot at stake come tonight's showdown at the Franchi. And if Juventus want to try to end that 20-year run of no Coppa Italia titles and have the chance to get a silver star on next season's jersey, then tonight's going to have to be a big-time effort.

Starting lineups for both Juventus and Fiorentina will be posted RIGHT HERE when they become available. Will Max Allegei truly stick to his word and play the best team available? Or, will we be seeing a striker combination full of Simones? Stay tuned!


Juventus XI (4-3-1-2): Storari; Lichtsteiner Padoin, Bonucci, Chiellini, Evra; Vidal, Marchisio, Sturaro; Pereyra; Morata, Matri

Juventus bench: Buffon, Rubinho, Barzagli, Ogbonna, Marrone, De Ceglie, Padoin, Pepe, Coman, Llorente

Fiorentina XI: Neto; Gonzalo Rodriguez, Basanta, Savic, Alonso; Aquilani, Mati Fernandez, Borja Valero; Joaquin, Gomez, Salah

Fiorentina bench: Rosati, Richards, Vargas, Gilardino, Kurtic, Diamanti, Pasqual, Babacar, Lazzari, Rosi, Tomovic, Ilicic