While it may not be Juventus' official home away from home, tonight's Coppa Italia quarterfinal will mark the fourth time Max Allegri and his merry men have made the trip over to the Stadio Olimpico in Rome. Maybe we can consider it a good thing seeing as Juve will have both the Roman clubs come to Turin in the second half of the season. But
So, seeing as heading to Roma is old hat these days, Juventus facing Lazio at the Olimpico ain't a big deal at all. But, what is at stake for the current Coppa Italia holders is pretty easy to figure out — having the chance to repeat as champs.
That's obviously not as easy to do as it is to say, I guess. We all want Juventus to win trophies. And if Juve are to get past Lazio, then a Coppa Italia-themed Derby d'Italia against Inter will be in the cards come a week from today. (The second leg of the two-part semifinal would be at the beginning of March.)
Take "decent lineup" how you want. It's the Coppa Italia, so changes are basically mandatory. We're bound to see the likes of Neto, Stefano Sturaro, Simone Zaza
and Juan Cuadrado get some playing time because this the time where the bench players get some run. We pretty much figured that because we're all quite well versed in the ways of the Coppa Italia by now.
But this is one of the advantages to having a deep and talented squad. When you need to rotate, then there's plenty of options for Allegri to turn to. Maybe not as many right now compared to when every single player is healthy and available, but there's options for Allegri to use — and, dammit, he's almost certain to do exactly that.
So let there be squad rotation, let there be more good times at the Olimpico and, just like Juventus has done for the better part of the past two years in the Coppa Italia, let there be advancement in that "other" tournament our favorite team is taking part in.
Juventus XI (3-5-2): Neto; Martin Caceres, Leonardo Bonucci, Gorgio Chiellini; Stephan Lichtsteiner, Stefano Sturaro, Claudio Marchisio, Paul Pogba, Alex Sandro; Simone Zaza, Alvaro Morata
Juventus bench: Gianluigi Buffon, Emil Audero, Daniele Rugani, Simone Padoin, Hernanes, Kwadwo Asamoah, Juan Cuadrado, Mario Mandzukic, Paulo Dybala
Lazio XI (4-3-3): Etrit Berisha; Abdoulay Konko, Milan Biśevac, Mauricio, Stefan Radu; Sregej Milinkovic-Savic, Lucas Biglia, Senad Lulic; Antonio Candreva, Miroslav Klose, Keita
Lazio bench: Guido Guerrieri, Kristjan Matosevic, Wesley Hoedt, Edson Braafheid, Patric, Marco Parolo, Ogenyi Onazi, Danilo Cataldi, Felipe Anderson, Stefano Mauri, Alessandro Matri, Filip Djordjevic
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