This time next week, we will be awaiting Juventus to take the field at Juventus Stadium for the first time this season. Until then, we’ll have to wait. And deal with transfer rumors. And, most importantly, sit here and watch Juventus play one more friendly before the games actually start to mean something on the season’s record.
Oh, and hope nobody gets injured at the same time.
Juventus vs. Espanyol is the game. The Stadio A. Braglia in Modena is the place. Yes, seven days separates Juve from a meeting with Fiorentina and everything a game against La Viola brings with it.
Juventus manager Max Allegri, known for making a decision or two over the last couple of years, could very well field as close to his first starting XI as it would get tonight against Espanyol. Pretty much all of the regulars have been called up, sans Sami Khedira and Patrice Evra as they work their way back into shape following post-Euro 2016 vacations.
Let there be Paulo Dybala, Miralem Pjanic, Gonzalo Higuain and the BBC defense that had everybody going crazy at the Euros. It’s getting closer and closer to that time of year when we get to yell at these guys, both good and bad, just about every weekend for the next nine months.
Good times, good times.
Just as long as nobody gets hurt today, that is.
So, Juventus players, don’t get hurt. Make sure of that, Max.
Juventus vs. Espanyol
Location: Stadio A. Braglia, Modena, Italy
Kick-off time: 8 p.m. local time in Italy; 7 p.m. in England; 2 p.m. on the East Coast; 11 a.m. on the West Coast
Available TV: Sky Supercalcio HD, Sky Sport 1 HD Italia (Italy)
Available online streaming: None
For listings in other countries, check out LiveSoccerTV.com.