In a matter of minutes, Juventus will take the field at the San Siro for the first time this season. When that happens, the team’s goal will be ever so clear: Go into the international break on a positive note, one that involves bringing three points and a win back with them to Turin.
Barring an absolute beating on the hands of Milan tonight, Juventus will go into the international break atop the Serie A table. It’s the same place where they’ve been all season — a stark contrast from this point last season when results were rather frustrating and overall team performances weren’t exactly very encouraging.
The late-October/early-November slate of games haven’t all been pretty. There’s been glimpses, good chunks of time during games where Juventus have played well. Then there’s been those moments, like the five-minute clip against Manchester United this past Wednesday night, where everything just goes to hell and all the good that was done flies right on out the window.
Against Milan, at a San Siro that is likely to be packed, there will most certainly have to be more good than bad if Juventus want to come away with all three points.
That’s probably something that sounds like stating the obvious to some. And, sure, it probably is. But we’ve seen plenty of crap from Juventus this season and the last handful of years when they don’t do much of anything noteworthy yet still are on the right side of the final score when the final whistle sounds.
Today, I want good.
I want Angry Juventus.
I want to see Pissed Off Juventus.
Wednesday night’s late-game crumbling should be a wake-up call for a team that has always seemed to struggle with putting teams away the last few seasons. Now we get to see if it actually was.
When: Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018
Where: Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milan, Italy
Official kickoff time: 8:30 p.m. local time in Italy and across Europe; 7:30 p.m. in the United Kingdom; 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time; 11:30 a.m. Pacific Time
Juventus starting XI: Szczesny; Joao Cancelo, Benatia, Chiellini, Alex Sandro; Bentancur, Pjanic, Matuidi; Dybala, Mandzukic, Ronaldo
Juventus bench: Perin, Pinsoglio, De Sciglio, Rugani, Bonucci, Barzagli, Matuidi, Bernardeschi, Cuadrado, Douglas Costa, Kean
AC Milan starting XI: G. Donnarumma; Abate, Zapata, Romagnoli, Rodriguez; Suso, Kessie, Bakayoko, Calhanoglu; Castillejo, Higuain
AC Milan bench: Reina, A. Donnarumma, Calabria, Bellanova, Simic, Laxalt, Mauri, Montolivo, Bertolacci, Halilovic, Borini, Cutrone
HOW TO WATCH
Television: RAI Italia America (United States); TLN, RAI Italia America (Canada); Eleven Sports 2 UK (United Kingdom); Sky Sport Serie A, Sky Calcio 1, Sky Sport Uno, Sky Supercalcio HD (Italy)
Online/mobile: ESPN+ (United States); DAZN (Canada); SKY Go Italia (Italy)
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