European nights are supposed to be the grandest of stages for a club like Juventus. The stadium is packed to the gils with fans clad in black and white. The Champions League anthem blaring over speakers throughout Juventus Stadium. Hopefully many things to celebrate rather than bash our heads in about.
We don't know how this dumb season will end up. But we do know that Juventus will be playing their second Champions League group stage game in a mature of minutes. There was the win away from home against Manchester City, now there's Sevilla's visit to Turin with both teams looking to go 2 for 2 to begin the group stage.
I guess this is why we're all about to be balls full of absolute stress and worry for the next few hours.
Hide yo kids. Hide yo wife. Juventus is about to play another Champions League fixture. There will probably be LOUD NOISES to last us through the weekend. (And then Juve play in Serie A gain. Stupid, stupid Serie A.)
For the next few weeks, though, Juve have the chance to be at the top of the group table despite being toward the relegation zone domestically. That's funny, really. Funny as in kinda-sad-but-also-cool-in-a-way, I guess. When was the last time we could say that Juve were top of the group after two matches rather than struggling to beat a stupid Scandinavian club? Certainly not the last couple of years, at least. There might not be a Malmö or FC Copenhagen this time around, but the fact that Juve have the chance to get six points out of two European games while playing the way they are to begin the season is a blessing.
Basically, the chance is there, at home in front of what will certainly be a crowd hungry for a positive result, to beat another quality team in their Champions League group. Hey, if they can't win in Serie A, at least they can try to do so in Europe.
Now is the time for Juventus to step things up and get another three points. Or, at the very least, not play like a bunch of chickens running around like their heads have just been cut off. I suggest a little more of the former than the latter. Let's see if an anti-chicken thing happens. That'd be cool.
Juventus XI (3-5-2): Gianluigi Buffon, Andrea Barzagli, Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini; Juan Cuadrado, Hernanes, Sami Khedira, Paul Pogba, Patrice Evra; Alvaro Morata, Paulo Dybala
Juventus bench: Neto, Daniele Rugani, Alex Sandro, Mario Lemina, Mattia Vitale, Roberto Pereyra, Simone Zaza
Sevilla XI (4-2-3-1): Sergio Rico; Coke, Andreolli, Kolodziejczak, Trémoulinas; N'Zonzi, Krychowiak; Reyes, Krohn-Dehli, Konoplyanka; Gameiro
Sevilla bench: Soria, Mariano Ferreira, Iborra, Cristoforo, Luismi, Immobile, Juan Munoz
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