It’s been a long, long time since Juventus and Dinamo Zagreb shared the same field. So long ago that it was probably back when some of our parents were our ages, if not younger. That’s just the case when you don’t play a team for going on about 50 years.
But Juventus and Zagreb will share a field for the first time since the Coppa delle Fiere actually existed back in 1967. It was a 3-0 win that day. I don’t think anybody would mind a 3-0 Juventus win today, either. (Which would be kinda ironic seeing as Max Allegri has been talking about everybody expecting his team to win every game 3-0 a lot lately, but that’s just for our amusement more than anything.)
That’s obviously much easier to say and hope for rather than actually see out.
Juventus, however, are in need of points. We know that because any person associated with the club who has spoken in the press the last couple of days have talked about just how important this game is. The scoreless — and incredibly maddening — to Sevilla two weeks ago means Juve need points just that much more than before.
We’re sitting on one measly point, folks. Maybe it should be more, maybe it should be less. Maybe Juventus will do as they did in their first European game a season ago and stress us all out but also pick up three vital points. That sure sounds like a good idea to me, and I’m probably not the only one who wants to see Juventus at the top of the group table after another round or two, not where they currently are.
Is this the Max Allegri version of the Ricky Bobby “IF YOU AIN’T FIRST YOU’RE LAST!” line? Because if it is, I sure wish Max would recite more lines from movies at press conferences. It would sure make
Oh, yeah. Please win today, Juventus. It sure would be nice.
Location: Stadion Maksimir, Zagreb, Croatia
Kick-off time: 8:45 p.m. local time in Italy; 7:45 p.m. in England; 2:45 p.m. on the East Coast; 11:45 a.m. on the West Coast
Juventus XI (3-5-2): Gianluigi Buffon; Andrea Barzagli, Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini; Dani Alves, Sami Khedira, Hernanes, Miralem Pjanic, Evra; Paulo Dybala, Gonzalo Higuain
Juventus bench: Neto (gk), Alex Sandro, Mario Lemina, Stefano Sturaro, Juan Cuadrado, Marko Pjaca, Mario Mandzukic
Dinamo Zagreb XI (4-3-3): Adrian Semper; Mario Situm, Leonardo Sigali, Gordon Schildenfeld, Josip Pivaric; Domagoj Antolic, Filip Benkovic, Jonas; El Arbi Hillel Soudani, Junior Fernandes, Domagoj Pavicic
Dinamo Zagreb bench: Angelo Henriquez, Paulo Machado, Amer Gojak, Armin Hodzic, Ivan Fiolic, Dominik Livakovic (gk), Dino Peric
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