For the past few rounds of the Champions League knockout phase, the official Visit Cardiff Twitter account has been sending the BWRAO handle updates on the Champions League final that will be heading to the Welsh capital the first weekend of June. It’s understandable. We like Juventus, they like Cardiff. And hey, Juventus may be coming to Cardiff soon, so why not see Juventus in Cardiff, right?
There’s just one more step to go before that potential trip to Cardiff becomes a reality.
Juventus Stadium is the place. Juventus and Monaco are the teams. A spot in the Champions League final is what’s at stake. Juventus up 2-0 is the current aggregate scoreline. That’s the nuts and bolts of what we already know.
What we don’t know and what we’re waiting to find out is how the second leg goes. How Juventus plays, how Monaco attacks — I’m thinking with waves of pace and a decent amount of shots towards Gigi Buffon’s goal — are what we’re waiting to see develop as Tuesday night’s second leg in Turin goes on.
Ninety minutes. Maybe a few more of stoppage time. That’s all. Juventus isn’t booking their hotel rooms and making plans to head to Wales just yet, but a few prospect calls could have been placed just in case. Maybe, just maybe. Always good to be safe and prepared for either situation, right?
It may be a little out of the way for some, but the road to Cardiff goes through Turin this evening. No, seriously, it does.
And, with Juventus entering tonight’s second leg with a 2-0 aggregate lead, that road could very well end up having a lovely black and white look to it.
That sure would be nice.
“ANDIAMO A CARDIFF!” might have the same kind of rhyme and ring to it like “ANDIAMO A BERLINO!” did two seasons ago, but it’s the same kind of meaning. It has the same kind of message, too, if we’re saying it a couple of hours from now.
Location: Juventus Stadium, Turin, Italy
Kick-off time: 8:45 p.m. local time in Italy; 7:45 p.m. in the United Kingdom; 2:45 p.m. on the East Coast; 11:45 a.m. on the West Coast
Juventus starting XI (4-2-3-1/3-4-2-1): Gianluigi Buffon; Andrea Barzagli, Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini, Alex Sandro; Sami Khedira, Miralem Pjanic; Dani Alves, Paulo Dybala, Mario Mandzukic; Gonzalo Higuain
Juventus bench: Neto, Medhi Benatia, Kwadwo Asamoah, Stephan Lichtsteiner, Claudio Marchisio, Tomas Rincon, Juan Cuadrado
Monaco starting XI (4-4-2): Danijel Subasic; Djbril Sidibé, Kamil Glik, Jemerson, Andrea Raggi; Nabil Dirar, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Joao Moutinho, Bernardo Silva; Kylian Mbappé, Radamel Falcao
Monaco bench: Morgan De Sanctis, Fabinho, Guido Carrillo, Valere Germain, Benjamin Mendy, Thomas Lemar, Abdou Diallo
TV: Fox Sports 1 USA, ESPN Deportes USA (United States); TSN1, TSN4, beIN SPORTS Canada (Canada); BT Sport 2 (United Kingdom); PremiumSport HD, Canale 5 (Italy)
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