There was a point early in the season where I had no idea what kind of Juventus team was going to show up at the stadium for that day’s given game. It wasn’t necessarily a roller coaster ride, but more like drinking some beers, suddenly being blindfolded and then being told you’re going to go on a mission to ace Pin the Tail on the Donkey. The tail could end up in about 100 different spots, and Juve’s game was resembling that.
Then Juventus had the Derby della Mole at Allianz Stadium.
That game ended with the scoreboard reading 4-0 in favor of Juventus.
Juve enter the second Turin derby of the season — I’m not really going to count the quarterfinals of the Coppa Italia as an official Derby della Mole, okay? — at another crucial point of the season. This place is different than that one, obviously, based on the fact that game was in late-September and we’re just a couple of days removed from a Champions League knockout round game in the middle of February.
But outside of the first nine or 10 minutes of Tuesday night’s game against Spurs, the Juventus we saw resembled the one of the early-season months rather than the one that righted the ship in December and January.
I, personally, liked the one that was sound defensively and didn’t look like a hot mess.
Now we get to see if this Derby della Mole can be more like the last time they faced Torino in a Serie A game rather than the game they just played in Europe earlier in the week.
Sometimes we wish that after a bad game that the team we root for can step right back onto the field and immediately right the wrongs of what just played out in front of us. Other times, you want said team to completely stew on what they did — or, in this case, didn’t — do in their last game. Juventus didn’t do much of anything for 80 or so minutes the last time they played, so the hope is that there isn’t some kind of continuation of that when they make the trip across Turin to the Stadio Olimpico.
Torino have rebounded under the direction of Walter Mazzarri, who replaced Sinisa Mihajlovic the day after Toro’s loss to Juventus in the Coppa Italia.
Then again, Torino were in pretty good form the first time they played Juventus this season ... and we all know how that one turned out.
Location: Stadio Olimpico, Turin, Italy
Kickoff time: 12:30 p.m. local time in Italy; 11:30 a.m. in the United Kingdom; 6:30 a.m. on the East Coast; 3:30 a.m. on the West Coast
Juventus starting XI (4-3-3): Szczesny; De Sciglio, Rugani, Chiellini, Asamoah; Khedira, Pjanic, Sturaro; Douglas Costa, Higuain, Alex Sandro
Juventus bench: Buffon, Pinsoglio, Lichtsteiner, Barzagli, Howedes, Benatia, Marchisio, Bentancur, Bernardeschi, Dybala
Torino starting XI (4-1-4-1): Sirigu; De Silvestri, Nkolou, Burdisso, Molinaro; Rincon; Iago Falque, Baselli, Obi, Ansaldi; Belotti
Torino bench: Ichazo, Milinkovic-Savic, Bonifazi, Valdifiori, Acquah, Ljajic, Niang, Edera, Berenguer, Barreca, Moretti
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