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Coppa Italia Game Time Thread: Juventus vs. Inter Milan

Juventus is up 3-0 after the first leg of the Coppa Italia semifinals against Inter. That's pretty good, and now they look to close things out at the San Siro.

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If they say that a 2-0 lead is the most dangerous lead in football, then what's a 3-0 lead? It must be less dangerous, right? Maybe it's a bit relaxing. If it's to the point where Max Allegri doesn't have to go screaming up and down his coaches box and not risk being picked up by the microphones on the sidelines, then that's progress.

But it's true no matter what is going on with Allegri on the sidelines.

Juventus roll into the San Siro with a healthy three-goal lead over arch-rival Inter Milan and one foot in the Coppa Italia final because of it. That's exactly what you want to hear going into a return leg away from home.

Allegri is expected to rotate his squad as a result, and that's okay. We are likely to see Álvaro Morata and Simone Zaza team up as Juve's starting striker partnership. We very may well get Daniele Rugani pairing with Leonardo Bonucci iin the center of Juve's defense. There may even be Stefano Sturaro and Roberto Pereyra sightings in the starting lineup, too. These are the luxuries provided to you when you're up 3-0 on aggregate thanks to handing out a first-leg beatdown.

And when you consider some predicted lineups are saying that Inter are about to field Gary Medel as a starting central defender, then Morata and Zaza must be getting giddy just thinking about it.

Sure, Juventus don't need a win to advance  to the Coppa Italia final against Milan in late-May. But, even with a rotated squad, it's pretty easy to say that beating Inter again would be a pretty sweet way to begin the month of March. And hey, three wins over Inter within the span of about five weeks? That sounds quite good, too.

Yep, just like they were on Sunday night. But this time, even though things turned out quite well a few days ago in Turin, Juventus will be starting with a 3-0 lead from the very beginning. That's a pretty good spot to be in, if you ask me. Well, unless you wear an Inter jersey, then that's just an unfortunate thing to have happen. (Both the jersey and the aggregate score, but you probably figured that out already.)


Juventus XI (4-4-2): Neto; Stephan Lichtsteiner, Daniele Rugani, Leonardo Bonucci, Alex Sandro; Juan Cuadrado, Stefano Sturaro, Hernanes, Kwadwo Asamoah; Simone Zaza, Álvaro Morata

Juventus bench: Gianluigi Buffon, Rubinho, Andrea Barzagli, Simone Padoin, Mario Lemina, Sami Khedira, Paul Pogba, Roberto Pereyra, Paulo Dybala, Andrea Favilli

Inter Milan XI (4-3-3): Juan Pablo Carrizo; Davide Santon, Danilo D'Ambrosio, Juan Jesus, Yuto Nagatomo; Marcelo Brozovic, Gary Medel, Geoffrey Kondogbia; Ivan Perisic, Eder, Adem Ljajic

Inter Milan bench: Samir Handanovic, Tommaso Berni, Rodrigo Palacio, Mauro Icardi, Joanthan Biabiany, Alex Telles, Assane Demoya Gnoukouri, Fabio Della Giovanna, Felipe Melo, Bright Gyamfi, Rey Manaj

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