There have been very few times over the last six-plus years during this current title run Juventus is on where the weather has caused major problems and impacted the game that is about to be played. As the snow fell at Allianz Stadium on Sunday night, Juve’s first of two straight fixtures against Atalanta was thrown into that group of severally-impacted games
So as word first came out that Sunday’s game was postponed, the first question to pop into just about everybody’s head was an easy one: When will it be made up?
According to Sky Italia and La Gazzetta dello Sport late Sunday night, we won’t have to wait all that long, with the Italian media outlet reporting that the Serie A end of the back-to-back games between Juventus and Atalanta will be replayed the second week of March. That means, since Juve’s schedule is anything but relaxed the next couple of weeks, that it will be a midweek fixture, mostly likely March 13 or 14.
The reasoning for those two potential dates is twofold.
For one, with another game between the two teams being on Wednesday night in the Coppa Italia — it’s also being played in Turin, which will be interesting for simple field condition reasons after all that snow — so it’s not like they could just wait another 24 hours for the winter wonderland to clear out of town and then resume regular business.
Also, Juventus’ involvement in the Champions League beyond the Round of 16 could mean any midweek dates would be limited come the next month or two ... hopefully. (Although I’m sure a lot of people don’t want to see Juve make another deep run in Europe’s premier club competition.) There’s also an international break in March, which will also take away from any potential dates for this game to be made up.