Nine games remain in this 2015-16 Serie A season. The marathon is starting to turn into a sprint to the finish. Thirty-rounds of angst and hopefully plenty of joy are now just a small number of weeks where we're watching the score of other games almost as much as Juventus games.
While there's a score to pay attention to later on in the day Sunday, first the matter of maintain the lead atop the table at the very minimum is upon our favorite black and white-clad football cub.
Today, as you already know, is derby day, with Juve making the trip over to its former place of residence to face little brother Torino in the final Derby della Mole of the season. Like most derbies lately, a close and intense tie is expected, with Juventus looking to rebound from their Champions League exit only four days ago in Germany.
Bouncing back from the loss to Wednesday night's loss to Bayern Munich is something Juventus coaches and players alike know they must see happen. Max Allegri spoke of the European exit not knocking Juve off their stride with just a three-point lead in Serie A. With nine games to go this season, the goal from here on out right now is crystal clear — don't let up and a record fifth straight Scudetto is yours for the taking.
While the end of this season's Champions League run still stings quite a bit, there's nothing that can be done about it now. Juventus have the chance to win another title, another Coppa Italia, another domestic double, and that's what they're all clearly aiming for these last two months of the season.
The stretch run starts today. And what better way to begin it than with a win over your city rival in its home stadium? I can think of worse things to have happen, honestly.
Juventus XI (3-5-2): Gianluigi Buffon; Daniele Rugani, Leonardo Bonucci, Andrea Barzagli; Stephan Lichtsteiner, Sami Khedira, Mario Lemina, Paul Pogba, Alex Sandro; Mario Mandzukic, Paulo Dybala
Juventus bench: Neto, Rubinho, Patrice Evra, Simone Padoin, Hernanes, Stefano Sturaro, Kwadwo Asamoah, Roberto Pereyra, Juan Cuadrado, Álvaro Morata, Simone Zaza
Torino XI (3-5-2): Daniele Padelli; Nikola Maksimovic, Kamil Glik, Emiliano Moretti; Bruno Peres, Afriyie Acquah, Giuseppe Vives, Marco Benassi, Gaston Silva; Ciro Immobile, Andrea Belotti
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