No matter what, Juventus, for now, are back facing domestic opponents in Serie A. But are they back to beating said domestic opponents in Serie A? That's the million-dollar question right now as Juve look to try and get more than one point in their next three games and avoid what they did in their first three games.
The games are coming at all of us in quick fashion these days. In just a couple of days, Juve will welcome one of Serie A's newbies, Frosinone, to Juventus Stadium. Then it's a trip to Naples and the reunion with Fernando Llorente in the Champions League a few days later. (Miss your smile, Nando.)
But first, there's the first trip to the Luigi Ferraris to try and claim that first Serie A win.
We all want Juventus to continue the wave from the midweek Champions League and ride it right into Genoa. That's easier said than done, of course, because we're sitting here in far away places and not actually involved in the game other than watching it on some kind of screen. But the fact still remains that Juventus now have something to build off of — something we couldn't really say after their first three Serie A games of the season.
So now we watch to see if they do exactly that. It would be nice if it happens regardless of how tricky it can be to win games at the Marassi on a consistent basis.
Max Allegri has gone with essentially the same lineup he trotted out against Manchester City. Rinse and repeat? Yeah, let's just go ahead and say that ... almost. It's a trident of Álvaro Morata-Mario Mandzukic-Juan Cuadrado, while Mario Lemina is handed his Juventus debut and Andrea Barzagli steps into the center of defense to give Leonardo Bonucci a rest. Outside of the four players out injured for today's trip to Genoa — Claudio Marchisio, Sami Khedira, Kwadwo Asamoah and Martin Cáceres — It's the same names on the 21-man traveling squad that headed out to England earlier in the week.
And if they want to go ahead and get this first domestic win of the season out of the way, they can go right ahead. Be my guest, fellas. Regardless of how early it currently is in the season, it sure would be nice to stop seeing Juventus in the bottom third of the table.
Juventus XI (4-3-3): Gianluigi Buffon; Stephan Lichtsteiner, Andrea Barzagli, Giorgio Chiellini, Patrice Evra; Stefano Sturaro, Mario Lemina, Paul Pogba; Juan Cuadrado, Mario Mandzukic, Álvaro Morata
Juventus bench: Neto, Emil Audero, Leonardo Bonucci, Daniele Rugani, Alex Sandro, Simone Padoin, Hernanes, Roberto Pereyra, Simone Zaza, Paulo Dybala
Genoa XI (4-3-1-2): Eugenio Lamanna, Issa Cissokho, Sebastian De Maio, Nicola Burdisso, Armando Izzo; Tomas Rincon, Bierim Dzemaili, Diego Laxalt; Olivier Ntcham; Diego Perotti, Diego Capel
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