Sometimes, the loss of one player can determine a lot of how a team will be playing.
For Juventus, the loss of Giorgio Chiellini was something that was somewhat expected knowing the Italian defender was in a race to reach match fitness for Bayern Munich's trip to Juventus Stadium tonight. But if Chiellini were healthy and in the 19-man squad called up by Max Allegri, then Juventus would surely be dropping into a 3-5-2 formation and things would be looking a lot like they have for pretty much every other game this season.
Now, we know it's a back four. But how will the rest of Juve's starting lineup look?
Before we discuss that, here's the full list of Juventus' callups:
As we've seen in recent weeks with Chiellini out injured, the back four has been used in variations of the 4-4-3, 4-4-2 and, most recently against Bologna this past Friday night, Allegri's tried and trusted 4-3-1-2 setup. The word circulating around the Italian press who try and predict these starting lineups is that Allegri is leaning toward the same kind of 4-4-2 formation that Juve used in their win over Napoli a week and a half ago.
The good thing in all of this is that no matter what formation is used against Bayern Munich in tonight's first leg, two of Juve's best players are available for selection (and likely back in the starting lineup). Sami Khedira is back in the squad after being rested on Friday against Bologna, and Mario Mandzukic is in the squad for the first time in nearly a month.
Hooray, hooray! At least some of the injuries are going away.
But, the question is this: What formation would you use? Pretend your Max for a couple of minutes. You know the deal. It will help us pass the time instead of nervously chewing off all of our fingernails before kickoff.