Ah, the Turin Derby. One of the most interesting days of the year. Or, as Max Allegri said during his pre-match press conference on Friday afternoon, “a derby is always a crucial match that’s important for our city, the supporters and for us. Firstly, because it’s a derby, and second because we need to win.”
He ain’t wrong.
Some of Max’s comments at pre-match press conferences can be looked at as usual coach speak, usual stuff you’d expect him to say since we’re going on the fourth season of him being Juventus manager. But when you hear you favorite team’s manager saying that his team needs to win the derby, well, I just like that kind of talk when it involves a big game.
Now we just gotta see if Juventus go out and actually do it.
Why? Well, because I like derby day.
A lot of people like derby day and all of the fun it can potentially bring.
And yet, derby day can be a complete nerve-wrecking experience. It’s not like Juventus have claimed blowout win after blowout win over the city rivals over the past decade or so. In fact, it’s pretty much been the opposite.
No matter what form each team is in, the Derby Della Mole always seems to have us on the edge of our seats. Big Brother vs. Little Brother trying to knock the shot out of each other for 90 or so minutes.
You know what makes that all the better?
When Juventus does that and is winning at the same time, of course.
Now we get to see what Allegri and Juventus can add to this fabled derby tale. Can they do what they’ve done in each of the last five meetings in all competitions and come out victorious? That sure would be nice. I know I wouldn’t be the only one who’s going to be opposed to Juventus continuing their perfect start to the Serie A season.
And hey, maybe we’ll get another Paulo Dybala goal or three again like last weekend.
Location: Allianz Stadium, Turin, Italy
Kick-off time: 8:45 p.m. local time in Spain; 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): Buffon; Lichtsteiner, Benatia, Chiellini, Alex Sandro; Pjanic, Matuidi; Cuadrado, Dybala, Douglas Costa; Mandzukic
Juventus bench: Szczesny, Pinsoglio, Barzagli, Rugani, Asamoah, Bentancur, Sturaro, Bernardeschi, Higuain
Torino starting XI (4-2-3-1): Sirigu, De Silvestri, N’Koulou, Lyanco, Ansaldi; Rincon, Baselli; Falque, Ljajic, Niang; Belotti
Torino bench: Ichazo, Milinkovic-Savic, Molinaro, Valdifiori, Acquah, Burdisso, Gustafson, Edera, Berenguer, Moretti, Boyè, Sadiq
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