It’s easy to call a Juventus Champions League fixture a big game. It’s easy to go in that direction knowing that Juventus will be playing a fellow big club while in the Champions League when they travel to Old Trafford tonight.
Yes, big game.
Yes, big club kind of opponent.
Yes, big game kind of atmosphere at a storied stadium.
Yes, there’s plenty to talk about — and the game, as of this post going live on the interwebs, hasn’t even started yet.
Juventus’ trip to England to face Manchester United has that big-time European feel to it even though the Red Devils aren’t really the Red Devils of old these days. Juve, unlike in previous season where they actually made the Champions League final under Max Allegri’s watch, are one of the biggest favorites to win the whole damn thing this season. And if they want to reach that point way down the road, then getting themselves into the knockout phases of the competition is key.
A win over United, no matter what current form they are in, is a step in that direction.
Of course, if Juventus plays anywhere close to the way they did over the weekend against Genoa then things will be a lot more interesting than the last time they were in a Champions League game against Young Boys a couple of weeks ago. That game, played in Turin, was a routine win where Juventus looked in complete control. Saturday’s game, also played in Turin, was Juventus basically working against itself and letting the opposition take advantage of one of the few chances it actually had to tie the game.
This is Juventus’ chance to put that performance behind them.
And what kind of stage they have to do it on.
Just make sure that there are plenty of shots of Jose Mourinho on the sideline if Juventus are in the lead come the closing minutes of the second half, okay? Thank you in advance.
When: Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018
Where: Old Trafford, Manchester, England
Official kickoff time: 8 p.m. local time in England and the United Kingdom; 9 p.m. in Italy and across Europe; 3 p.m. Eastern Time; 12 noon Pacific Time
Juventus starting XI (4-3-3): Szczesny; Cancelo, Bonucci, Chiellini, Alex Sandro; Bentancur, Pjanic, Matuidi; Cuadrado, Dybala, Ronaldo
Juventus bench: Perin, De Sciglio, Benatia, Douglas Costa, Barzagli, Kean, Bernardeschi
Manchester United starting XI (4-3-3/4-2-3-1): De Gea; Young, Lindelof, Smalling, Shaw; Mata, Matic, Pogba; Rashford, Lukaku, Martial
Manchester United bench: Romero, Bailly, Darmian, Fred, Andreas, Ander Herrera, Chong
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