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Game Time Thread: Juventus vs. Fiorentina

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Juventus FC v ACF Fiorentina - Serie A Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images

JUVENTUS BACK! JUVENTUS BACK! JUVENTUS BACK!

Okay, now that I’ve gotten that out of my system, we can actually get to the matter at hand. Like, you know, Juventus opening its season.

We’ve been watching play friendlies for the last couple of weeks. But none of the games actually meant something in the standings. That is about to change, and in a short amount of time Juventus could do something they failed to do in what was an otherwise record-breaking 2015-16 season.

You know, win the season opener. (Or the game after that. Or the game after that. Not the game after that. But game after that. You probably get the picture by now.)

Today is the day we’ve been waiting for ever since the last matchday of the 2015-16 campaign. In the grand scheme of things, that game didn’t mean a damn thing. Today’s match, however, may be only one piece to the puzzle, but starting off on the right foot is obviously the No. 1 goal entering the first weekend of the season.

Max Allegri has said what he needed to say at the pre-match press conference. Claudio Marchisio as only Claudio Marchisio can do has given his rallying cry on Instagram while he walks around his house without a shirt on. What more do you need?!

Juventus is back. Serie A is back. We know what we’re for the vast majority of our weekends for the next, oh, eight or nine months. Good times, good times.

I don’t know about all of you, but to have that win total go up by one to 73 in a couple of hours, that’s something I am going to be totally okay with.

STARTING LINEUPS

Juventus XI (3-5-2): Gianluigi Buffon; Andrea Barzagli, Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini; Dani Alves, Sami Khedira, Mario Lemina, Kwadwo Asamoah, Alex Sandro; Mario Mandzukic, Paulo Dybala

Juventus bench: Neto, Emil Audero, Stephan Lichtsteiner, Daniele Rugani, Medhi Benatia, Patrice Evra, Luca Marrone, Hernanes, Miralem Pjanic, Marko Pjaca, Gonzalo Higuain, Simone Zaza

Fiorentina XI (3-5-2): Ciprian Tatarusanu; Nenad Tomovic, Gonzalo Rodriguez, Davide Astori; Federico Bernardeschi, Federico Chiesa, Matias Vecino, Milan Badelj, Marcos Alonso; Josip Ilicic; Nikola Kalinic

Fiorentina bench: Luca Lezzerini, Bartlomiej Dragoswki, Sebastian De Maio, Carlos Sanchez, Kevin Diks, Hrvoje Milic, Cristian Tello, Mati Fernandez, Khouma Babacar, Mauro Zarate, Giuseppe Rossi, Ianis Hagi

WATCH IT

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Online: beIN SPORTS CONNECT USA, fuboTV (United States); beIN SPORTS CONNECT Canada (Canada); BT Sport Live Streaming (United Kingdom); SKY Go Italia (Italy)

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