Luck hasn't exactly been on Juventus' side so far this season. That's true when it comes to on the field, and it's especially true when you think about all the stupid, stupid, stupid injuries this team has suffered since the start of preseason training. It hasn't been just one, it hasn't been just two, it's been a whole lot of stupid, stupid, stupid injuries.
Have I mentioned I hate injuries?
Juventus manager Max Allegri has had to deal with plenty of obstacles to begin the 2015-16 season. And we're not just talking about a new-look squad trying to find its way amid expectations that involve silverware come the end of springtime. Juventus have seen its early-season form look rather inconsistent — and that's probably putting it nicely at this point.
A refresher first: The starting lineup I threw out there in the Manchester City preview:
My starting XI (3-5-2): Gianluigi Buffon; Andrea Barzagli, Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini; Stephan Lichtsteiner, Mario Lemina, Hernanes, Paul Pogba, Alex Sandro; Paulo Dybala, Mario Mandzukic
A second refresher: That would be who Allegri has included in the 21-man traveling party that arrived in England Monday evening, courtesy of Juventus' official website...
1 Gianluigi Buffon
3 Giorgio Chiellini
4 Martin Caceres
7 Simone Zaza
9 Álvaro Morata
10 Paul Pogba
12 Alex Sandro
15 Andrea Barzagli
16 Juan Cuadrado
17 Mario Mandzukic
18 Mario Lemina
19 Leonardo Bonucci
21 Paulo Dybala
24 Daniele Rugani
26 Stephan Lichtsteiner
27 Stefano Sturaro
33 Patrice Evra
37 Roberto Pereyra
38 Emil Audero
I miss Claudio Marchisio. I just felt like making that be known ... again.
Yes, the 3-5-2 makes sense because of what Juventus' current injury situation. And it's what a lot of the Italian media folks are predicting Allegri will go with in Juventus' Champions League opener against Man City. Is it the right move? Ah, well that's why we are all here and about to put on our respective managerial hats and try to talk this one out before kickoff actually arrives.
Allegri obviously has decisions to make. Not just about the personnel to roll out there from the first minute against Manchester City, but what formation those players will be deployed in. Does he hand Mario Lemina has first Juventus appearance in a massively important game? Does he stick with Alex Sandro after his impressive debut over the weekend against Chievo? And what about Juan Cuadrado? Or which striker out of the trio of Paulo Dybala, Mario Mandzukic and Álvaro Morata starts from the bench if Allegri goes with a two-man attack on Tuesday night?
These are the decisions that Allegri is paid a good amount of money each week to make. And, even though we don't make the kind of money Allegri does, we can talk about them, too. So have at it, BWRAO commenters. Just be nice.