No matter if it comes with a Scudetto parade or something completely low key and boring, the final home game of the season always makes me sad. Not to the point of tears, but it definitely starts to make you realize that there's just a couple of games left before a summer full of transfer rumors arrives in full.
Saturday marks Juventus' final game at their home stadium. There's still two more fixtures after this, including one that will take Juve on a nice little tour of Berlin, but this is the final one at Juventus Stadium until the 2015-16 season. There will be a Scudetto or two in the house, a newly-minted Coppa Italia trophy making its way onto the Juventus Stadium field for the first time. There will be plenty to celebrate and surely an incredibly festive mood as the Turin faithful watch Juve on their home field for the last time this season.
So right there is a reason to not feel the need to take a sad-nap after the game, but the final home game is still the final home game.
Napoli will be trying to make a last-ditch effort to get back into the top three. Juventus, with nothing to play for domestically, have eyes fully toward the Champions League final against Barcelona two weeks from today. That's not some made up kind of situation. That's pretty much the reality for both teams right now.
And it's pretty easy to figure out who's got it better these days.
That's even more the case when we start seeing the trophies trotted out onto the Juventus Stadium field. It's reason enough to be happy about playing a game against a top-four side in Serie A even though there's not much incentive other than getting some work in.
One last time on the Juventus Stadium field before they head out for a couple days of rest. Should be hope ... I hope.
Starting lineups for both Juventus and Napoli will be posted RIGHT HERE when they become available. Seeing as all other options at right back are either hurt or suspended, we can officially call this a Simone Padoin day. How do I know this? Well, I think there's a pretty good hint sitting on the internet right now...
See? Padoin day. Accept it, embrace it, live it and love it. Padoin day is happening, people. So is a Juventus game against Napoli, so there's also that.
UPDATE: LINEUPS ARE IN!
Juventus XI (4-3-1-2): Buffon; Padoin, Barzagli, Ogbonna, Asamoah; Pogba, Marchisio, Sturaro; Pereyra; Morata, Coman
Juventus bench: Storari, Rubinho, Bonucci, Chiellini, De Ceglie, Evra, Pirlo, Pepe, Vidal, Tevez, Llorente, Matri
Napoli XI (4-2-3-1): Napoli: Andujar; Maggio, Albiol, Britos, Ghoulam; David Lopez, Gargano; Insigne, Callejon, Mertens; Higuain