This is going to sound cliché. I know it will be, so here’s your warning. If you don’t like a cliché statement to open this thread, don’t be mad. But I will say this: At this point of the Champions League, Juventus’ next opponent is not going to be one that they can completely walk over and cruise into the 2017 final in Cardiff.
Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way...
Juventus has two more games in the Champions League left at the very minimum. I’m pretty sure that a whole lot of people who will be visiting this thread will want that number of games to be pushed up to three and Juventus’ season still going as the first weekend of June arrives. I know that’s what I want, but this isn’t all about me.
Juventus’ choices are down to just three teams as we enter the this afternoon’s semifinal draw in Nyon. Two hail from the Spanish capital, while the other hails from the French Riviera and is the surprise team to reach this stage of the competition.
Those are the three teams up for the picking. One team will head to Turin at some point in May. Juventus could either go to Spain for the second straight round or France for the second time in the entire tournament.
There are preferences that each one of us have. There are matchups that favor Juventus no matter who they get drawn against. The fact still remains that now, more than ever before, Juve are being looked at as one of the favorites to take the big trophy with the even bigger ears home to Turin for the first time in a couple of decades.
Now we find out who’s next. The good thing is, once the first pairing is announced, we will know the other one, too. There isn’t too much suspense left after the first two teams are announced. We just don’t know where Juventus will land — yet.
Location: Nyon, Switzerland
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