It's the final day of the 2015-16 season for Juventus, boys and girls. There will be games played tomorrow, but for all intents and purposes, there's nothing really of interest outside of the relegation battle. We will know who finishes in second, third and fill the five European spots Italy gets by the end of the day. So, basically, Saturday is the big day before the official final day of the season.
But, for us, we like to watch Juventus. And that means our thoughts, right now, are on Juventus hosting Sampdoria.
Sure, this game doesn't mean a whole heck of a lot when it comes to the standings or how we will view the season as a whole when we need something to talk about three months from now when we're swimming in transfer rumors. Max Allegri, though, he wants his team to finish the Serie A season strong because that means they'll avoid simply coasting into the Coppa Italia final next weekend.
That's a good way to look at things. Juve got its hiccup out of the way last weekend against Hellas Verona. Luca Toni got his deserved sendoff and it came with a victory for an already-relegated Hellas side. But I feel safe in saying that Allegri has no desire to see his team repeat that performance from six days ago. Nope, none at all.
So, yeah, I can understand why Allegri wants his team to show its old self instead of recreate the sluggishness from the Bentegodi. Nobody really wants to see that happen, so that's pretty much a mutual feeling in my book. Well, maybe Sampdoria wouldbe okay with it, but I don't think we really want to consider their thoughts because they will be the complete opposite of what we want to have happen.
Here's to the final Serie A game of the 2015-16 season, ladies and gentlemen. And hey, at the very least we'll see Juventus in their new home jerseys, right? Right! Let there be some fun, and then a wonderful Scudetto celebration. Those are always fun.
Juventus XI (3-5-2): Neto; Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini; Lichtsteiner, Pereyra, Hernanes, Pogba, Evra; Mandzukic, Dybala
Juventus bench: Buffon, Rubinho, Rugani, Padoin, Lemina, Asamoah, Sturaro, Cuadrado, Zaza, Morata
Sampdoria XI (3-5-2): Brignoli; Diakite, Skriniar, Silvestre; Alvarez, Sala, Krsticic, Barreto, Dodo; Correa, Quagliarella
Sampdoria bench: Puggioni, Muriel, Palombo, Rodriguez, Calo, Ranocchia, De Silvestri, Cassani, Pedro Pereira, Soriano
How to watch
TV: RAI International (United States and Canada); ESPN UK/HD (United Kingdom); Sky Sport 1 HD Italia, Sky Calcio 1 (Italy)
Online: beIN SPORTS CONNECT U.S.A. (United States); SKY Go Italia (Italy)
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