We’ve come to the end of the road.
Not just for the 2018-19 season, one that started in late-August and has stretched all the way to the final weekend of May. But it is the last day that Max Allegri will be in charge at Juventus, with the end of the road just a couple of hours away before he heads off into the sunset, another job awaiting him or maybe some much-deserved time off.
Unlike a lot of other matches across Serie A today, Juventus facing Sampdoria doesn’t have much riding on it. Allegri’s future at the club has already been decided. Same goes for the person who will be capocannoniere come the end of the day, as Fabio Quagliarella has a very comfortable lead over his closest competition.
There aren’t Champions League implications.
There isn’t potentially a ticket down to Serie B after the final whistle.
This is just going to be a couple of teams who already know what there season is seeing the final game out and hoping that nobody gets seriously injured as a result of it.
But, still, this is the last game for Allegri on the Juventus sideline, a bittersweet kind of day for the mister knowing just how much he has accomplished in his five years at the helm. He’s seen this squad go through a couple of different iterations — players coming and going, major pieces being sold and then building things back up again to make sure this streak of consecutive Scudetti won remains intact.
Allegri got his Allianz Stadium sendoff last weekend.
This weekend, he will get another sendoff — the last one before we head into a summer where Juventus will be making major decisions up and down the roster and, of course, regarding the ma1n who will be coaching them come the start of preseason training.
Things will be plenty interesting a few hours from now when the likes of Atalanta, Inter, Roma and Fiorentina kick things off in their respective matches. For now, though, let’s just hope Juventus put out something that’s worth going into the offseason with a happy note.
When: Sunday, April 26, 2019
Where: Stadio Luigi Ferraris, Genoa, 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 (4-4-2): Pinsoglio; Caceres, Rugani, Chiellini, De Sciglio; Cuadrado, Bentancur, Emre Can, Pereira; Dybala, Kean
Juventus bench: Szczesny, Del Favero, Barzagli, Bonucci, Spinazzola, Pjanic, Portanova, Nicolussi Caviglia
Sampdoria starting XI (4-3-1-2): Rafael; Sala, Ferrari, Colley, Bereszynski; Praet, Barreto, Linetty; Ramirez; Defrel, Quagliarella
Sampdoria bench: Audero, Belec, Anderson, Viera, Saponara, Ekdal, Jankto, Caprari, Sau, Tavares, Gabbiadini, Tonelli
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