In a short amount of time, we will know Juventus’ next European opponent. The hope is that it’s not the last European opponent Juve face this season, obviously. Rather, the hope is to have it be the first in a string of three or four in the Champions League knockout phase as Max Allegri’s squad go deep into the tournament yet again during the winter and spring months.
But first there must be a, well, first.
We will know that today when the latest Champions League draw takes place in Nyon. There will be the customary anticipation and drawn out process as is the norm with just about every dray that UEFA operates. We’ll all get mad because of it, probably say something like “JUST GET TO THE DAMN DRAW, PEOPLE!” and then actually watch we’re here to say take all of about four or five minutes.
And thus concludes the draw process.
While we don’t know Juventus’ next European opponent RIGHT NOW, we do know these pieces of information:
- Juventus won’t be facing Barcelona in the Round of 16 because it’s against the rules.
- Juventus won’t be facing Roma in the Round of 16 because it’s against the rules.
- And because Juventus finished second in Group D during the group phase of the competition, they also won’t be drawn against Basel, Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Sevilla, Shakhtar Donetsk, Porto and Real Madrid.
Other than that, it’s open game.
We could see Juventus head to Paris. We could see Juventus head to either the blue or red side of Manchester. We could see Juventus head to Merseyside. We could see Juventus head to London. Or we could see Juventus head to Turkey — something that will allow us to relive one of the summer’s greatest transfer developments in all of its glory again.
Six teams. Three different countries possible. Who ya got?
Who’s it going to be? Well, we’ll find that out soon enough, my friends.
Location: UEFA Headquarters, Nyon, Switzerland
Time: 12 p.m. local time in Switzerland; 12 p.m. in Italy; 11 a.m. in the United Kingdom; 6 a.m. on the East Coast; 3 a.m. on the West Coast
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