Throughout the final months of the season there are times where doing Serie A table-related math is inevitable. This many points is required to X, that many points is required to achieve Y. It’s something that happens every year, but especially this one where, for most of the season, Juve’s had Napoli pushing them for a good amount of the season.
Here’s your simple math:
- Juventus needs all of one point to officially secure Scudetto No. 36 since their lead would be, at the worst, four points with one game to go.
- If Juventus loses, then they need Napoli to lose so that the lead is still at six points.
And there is your Juventus-Roma match preview!
Thank you and have a good night everybody! (And Go Warriors.)
OK, so 125 words is probably a little more than what you all want on Juventus’ penultimate game of the 2017-18 season. With the season almost, I guess I owe it to you guys since my previewing abilities have been somewhat inconsistent. (Adulting is hard sometimes, y’all — especially when you move and start a new job.)
A game those who live in Naples all hoped would be another massive turn in the Scudetto race. Of course, there’s always the teeny tiny
But here’s the thing.
Juventus needs a point to secure the Scudetto.
Roma entered the weekend needing a point against Juventus or an Inter loss to Sassuolo on Saturday to secure third place and a Champions League spot. That second part has already happening, meaning, in theory, there’s not a whole lot other than pride riding on Sunday’s game at the Olimpico. (Gotta be able to fall behind by multiple goals and try to pull out more insane comeback attempts.)
I’m not sayin’, I’m just sayin’.
We can talk about the quality of Juventus’ games lately and break things down to a level where we’re quite possibly driving each other mad. That’s something that could very well be done. But knowing that there’s two games left this season and Juventus needs just one point to make it a history-making seven straight league titles, the feeling from Max Allegri at his pre-match press conference was that he doesn’t want to see his team mess around against Roma.
I’m cool with that.
We all should be, really.
I don’t think anybody wants to not see the final game of the season turn into an absolute party next weekend as Allianz Stadium (likely) says goodbye to Gigi Buffon. It’s just too fitting of a conclusion — win this weekend, party next weekend and then lift a trophy as confetti shoots out of cannons and surrounds Buffon.
One more point, one single and solitary point, and Juventus can do something that sounds absolutely delicious on paper — celebrating two different trophies being won and do them by defeating two of their biggest rivals at the same freakin’ stadium.
That makes me feel damn good.
One point. That’s it. That’s the list.
It’s the second-to-last weekend of the season.
No matter how frustrating as Juve’s overall product has been this season, knowing that we’re about to be without this stupid, stupid team for 2 1⁄2 months is something I’m not looking forward to.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
1) Can the Juventus from Wednesday show itself at the Olimpico again?
The starting lineup seems like it’s pretty easy to figure out.
We’re not looking up and down the roster anymore and seeing injury after injury after injury. Outside of Giorgio Chiellini, pretty much everybody is available for selection. That means Allegri doesn’t have to stress about playing a left back as a left winger or a central defender at right back or anything whacky like we’ve seen take place over the course of the season.
The starting lineup is the easy part.
Seeing how Juventus plays is what we all should be more interested in.
We didn’t just see Juventus play well earlier in the week against Milan. No, we saw them take the lead, extend the lead, and put the opposition away all within a 10-minute span. Obviously there was a little help along the way from the Gigi that everybody expects to replace our beloved Gigi on the national team level, but there was no sitting back after a 1-0 lead was established.
Roma will be fired up no matter what happened the day before because it’s Juventus and they want no piece of any kind of throttling like Milan got at the Olimpico a few days earlier.
Why say all of this when we already know what’s at stake and what’s on the horizon? Well, it’s actually quite simple: Juventus takes care of business on Sunday in Rome, then next Sunday at Allianz Stadium is going to look a lot like the picture below. The only difference will be San Gigi lifting a different trophy. You know, the same one Juve’s won the past six seasons.
MY STARTING LINEUP
Juventus XI (4-3-2-1): Wojciech Szczesny; Stephan Lichtsteiner, Daniele Rugani, Medhi Benatia, Alex Sandro; Sami Khedira, Miralem Pjanic, Claudio Marchisio; Paulo Dybala, Douglas Costa; Gonzalo Higuain
When: Sunday, May 13, 2018
Where: Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy
Kickoff time: 8:45 p.m. local time in the Italian capital; 7:45 p.m. in the United Kingdom; 2:45 p.m. on the East Coast; 11:45 a.m. on the West Coast
HOW TO WATCH
Television: beIN SPORTS USA, Rai Italia America (United States); beIN Sports Canada, Rai Italia America (Canada); BT Sport 1 (United Kingdom); Sky Sport 1 HD Italia, Roma TV, PremiumSport HD, Sky Calcio 1 (Italy)
Online/Mobile: beIN SPORTS CONNECT (United States); beIN SPORTS CONNECT Canada, DAZN (Canada); BT Sport Live (United Kingdom); SKY Go Italia, Premium Play (Italy)
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