Will November begin in the same kind of fashion that October ended for Juventus?
You know, with not many points being dropped but the overall product leaving whole lot to be desired. Or with Juventus’ shot total constantly pushing 30, but the number of goals being scored still only needing a couple of fingers to count. Or with a whole lot of possession but not much actual separation between the Juve and the opposition happening.
The post-October international break quality of form for Juventus hasn’t been close to what it was before all the players went off to play some Euro 2020 qualifiers. But, with tonight being the first Turin derby of the season at the Stadio Olimpico between Juve and little brother Torino, the hope is that playing in a heated and usually very competitive matchup against a city rival is what the Italian champions need to snap out of this little form funk they currently find themselves in.
Or they’ll just grind out another win.
We’ve seen that happen plenty of times in the Derby della Mole before.
That wouldn’t be anything new — especially with Juventus picking up last-minute wins to crush the hopes and dreams of Torino beating its bianconero city rivals.
But with the season’s first Turin derby starting a three-game stretch before the November international break that could see Juventus continue to strengthen its hold on its lead in Serie A and its potential spot in the Champions League knockout rounds, the important of getting things turned around in terms of quality of play is obvious.
Now we just need Maurizio Sarri and his Juventus players to actually go out and do it.
That sure would be nice, wouldn’t it?
(Yes, yes it would. Thanks in advance, guys.)
When: Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019
Where: Stadio Olimpico, Turin, Italy
Official kickoff time: 8:45 p.m. local time in Italy and across Europe; 7:45 p.m. in the United Kingdom; 3:45 p.m. Eastern Time; 12:45 p.m. Pacific Time
Juventus starting XI (4-3-1-2): Szczesny; Cuadrado, Bonucci, de Ligt, De Sciglio; Bentancur, Pjanic, Matuidi; Bernardeschi; Dybala, Ronaldo
Juventus bench: Pinsoglio, Buffon, Alex Sandro, Danilo, Rugani, Demiral, Khedira, Ramsey, Emre Can, Douglas Costa, Higuain
Torino starting XI (3-5-2): Sirigu; Izzo, Bremer, Lyanco; Aina, Baselli, Rincon, Meite, Ansaldi; Verdi, Belotti
Torino bench: TBA
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