Within the last 24 hours, Juventus have gone from underdogs to massive underdogs. It's the nature of the beast. You see Paulo Dybala, Claudio Marchisio and Giorgio Chiellini all injured and not part of the match day squad, and you can't but think about immediate doom without much else slipping into your train of thought.
Don't be ashamed if you went there. You wouldn't have been alone.
But while there's doom, there's gloom and plenty of not-so-great thoughts in between, there's still a game to be played. As of this post hitting the Juventus has a decisive Champions League tie against Bayern Munich in just 90 or so minutes. The starting lineup, one that seemed so clear-cut just two days ago, is set to be announced. We think we know what Max Allegri might do, but we don't know for sure. He may zig when we all think he will zag.
That's just what happens when you have three incredibly important players miss out on a game of this incredible importance.
This is more than just Arturo Vidal facing his former team. This is more than just Juventus vs. Bayern Munich. With the injuries, this is the massive favorite looking to do what everybody expects them to do to the underdog. Seriously, with these three players missing out, how many people are picking Juventus to advance? Not a ton of people gave them the chance even when we thought Dybala and Marchisio were going to play. And now? Ha, that's a good one.
But here Juve is, in Germany, with the chance to do something that would be even that much more remarkable due to the fact that there's no Dybala, no Marchisio and no Chiellini. Juventus have been saying #BeHeroes even before the first leg got underway. Can you imagine how heroic it would be if a shorthanded Juventus squad pulls this off? Boy oh boy, how sweet would that be...
Boy, Gigi, I sure hope you're right or else this could be another sad day while playing Bayern in front of its hometown crowd.
Juventus XI (4-5-1): Gianluigi Buffon; Stephan Lichtsteiner, Andrea Barzagli, Leonardo Bonucci, Patrice Evra; Juan Cuadrado, Sami Khedira, Hernanes, Paul Pogba, Alex Sandro; Alvaro Morata
Juventus bench: Neto, Daniele Rugani, Kwadwo Asamoah, Stefano Sturaro, Roberto Pereyra, Mario Mandzukic, Simone Zaza
Bayern Munich XI (4-1-4-1): Manuel Neuer; Philipp Lahm, Joshua Kimmich, Medhi Benatia, David Alaba; Xabi Alonso; Douglas Costa, Thomas Muller, Arturo Vidal, Franck Ribery; Robert Lewandowski
Bayern Munich bench: Sven Ulreich, Thiago Alcantara, Rafinha, Juan Bernat, Mario Götze, Sebastian Rode, Kingsley Coman
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