In the grand scheme of things, Juventus’ 2016-17 season finale doesn’t really mean much. The Scudetto has been won, the trophy has been lifted and the Juventus Stadium field has been filled with confetti as players jump up and down on stage. In terms of storylines, there isn’t much going into this one outside of two things.
- Juventus players, don’t you dare get hurt.
- Juventus players, DO NOT GET HURT.
Okay, so those are basically two things that are actually one. Let’s just move on.
Juventus’ Serie A finale for the 2016-17 season doesn’t have a lot of meaning to it. There’s nothing to decide, nothing to determine. Everything is said and done for. What really matters is next Saturday, not this current one. All there is to see out this game, see everybody not get hurt and turn every single bit of our attention to a little trip to Cardiff with a big trophy waiting for the victor to hoist above their heads.
Okay, so maybe there is one thing to play for. Other than Juventus players not getting hurt, of course.
Hey, that’s a face we’ve never seen before in a “IT’S GAMEDAY!!!!” tweet before. That’s Emil Audero, and he will be starting in goal for Juventus this evening. He’s the same guy that in the picture at the top of the page. You probably figured that out by now.
Now, now, fellas. Audero doesn’t want his Juventus debut to be a loss, do we? No, of course not. We want Emil to think happy thoughts when he goes back and remembers his first official appearance 20 years from now and recall a crappy kind of result.
Go out and win your season finale, Juventus. Do it for Emil! (And us, too, so we’re not going into the rest of our weekend feeling grumpy.)
Location: Stadio Renato Dall'Ara, Bologna, Italy
Kick-off time: 6 p.m. local time in Italy; 5 p.m. in the United Kingdom; 12 p.m. on the East Coast; 9 a.m. on the West Coast
Juventus starting XI (4-2-3-1): Audero; Lichtsteiner, Barzagli, Benatia, Asamoah; Marchisio, Khedira; Cuadrado, Dybala, Sturaro; Higuain
Juventus bench: Buffon, Neto, Bonucci, Rugani, Alex Sandro, Pjanic, Lemina, Rincon, Mattiello, Mandzukic, Kean
Bologna starting XI: Da Costa; Krafth, Torosidis, Gastaldello, Mbaye; Pulgar, Viviani, Taider; Okwonkwo, Destro, Krejci
TV: beIN SPORTS U.S.A., beIN SPORTS en Español, RAI International (United States); beIN SPORTS Canada, beIN SPORTS en Español, RAI International (Canada); PremiumSport HD, Sky Calcio 1, Sky Sport 1 HD Italia (Italy)
Online/Mobile: beIN SPORTS CONNECT U.S.A., fuboTV (United States); beIN SPORTS CONNECT Canada, fuboTV Canada (Canada); SKY Go Italia, Premium Play (Italy)
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