The funny thing about the Coppa Italia is that it’s usually the “other” domestic competition until your team is close enough to winning the trophy. Second-string lineups in the early stages? Yeah, sure, it’s the Coppa Italia! But when you get to the semifinals and have the chance to actually win said trophy,
Juventus has the chance to win that said trophy this evening.
The second trip to the Stadio Olimpico will be looked up to go a whole lot better than the first. Juve had the chance to seal their sixth straight Scudetto against Roma on Sunday night, but came up empty. Juventus has the chance to win the club’s third straight Coppa Italia when they face Lazio on the same ground as a few days earlier.
What’s one way to make this five-day stay in Rome a little bit better? Well, I would like to think that completing one third of a potential trident would make things be pretty okay heading into what Max Allegri has called a massive 20-day stretch.
Go ahead and count the titles. One, two, three, four and plenty more.
The hope for us who see things in black and white is that there’s another chapter added to that with the calendar date of 2017.
This three-week stretch will be the determining factor as to whether Juventus has a pretty good season compared to a freakin’ awesome season. We wanted it to go Scudetto, Coppa Italia and then a win over Real Madrid in the Champions League final, but switching up the first two things wouldn’t be all that bad.
Just as long as the treble is still possible, right?
That won’t happen if Juventus don’t come out victorious against Lazio tonight. A Coppa italia to make up for the loss to Roma wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world. Then again, Juventus winning their next four scheduled games sounds like a good idea no matter. So yeah, go out and do what you couldn’t do at the Olimpico on Sunday, Juve. That sounds like a grand old idea to me.
Location: Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy
Kick-off time: 9 p.m. local time in Italy; 8 p.m. in the United Kingdom; 3 p.m. on the East Coast; high noon on the West Coast
Juventus starting XI (4-2-3-1/3-4-2-1): Neto; Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini, Alex Sandro; Marchisio, Rincon; Dani Alves, Dybala, Mandzukic; Higuain
Juventus bench: Buffon, Audero, Benatia, Lichtsteiner, Mattiello, Asamoah, Lemina, Kean, Sturaro, Leris, Cuadrado
Lazio starting XI (3-5-2): Strakosha; Bastos, De Vrij, Wallace; Basta, Biglia, Parolo, Milinkovic-Savic, Lulic; Immobile, Keita
Lazio bench: Vargic, Adamonis, Patric, Hoedt, Radu, Murgia, Crecco, Lombardi, Luis Alberto, Felipe Anderson, Djordjevic, Tounkara
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