For quite a while we’ve been talking about Juventus competing on all three possible fronts. The thing is, though, only two of those competitions have actually been on the schedule, with the third basically a wait-and-see kind of situation as has been the case for years now with Juventus jumping into the mix after much of the tournament has already taken place.
But the Coppa Italia is back.
And so is expected squad rotation that comes with it.
Tonight, Juventus will return to Allianz Stadium following the 2-1 grinder of a win against Roma over the weekend. The opponent, Udinese, is one that Juve has actually beaten quite comfortably this season — a 3-1 win all of a month ago that can be filed under one of the Italian champions’ best performances of the year up until Gigi Buffon’s shutout got ruined at the last minute.
Like Maurizio Sarri said, this will be an interesting game not just because there will be squad rotation that everybody is anticipating to take place, but also the fact that Juventus is coming off a game Sunday night where the squad expelled a whole lot of energy and now has a rather quick turnaround in between games. The starting lineup will surely look different than it did three days ago, but ... there’s three days in between games, and that always makes things interesting no matter who will be in Maurizio Sarri’s starting lineup tonight.
“Our objective is is get through to the next stage as we want to go all the way,” Sarri said Tuesday, “so we’ll have to find the motivation inside ourselves to recharge the batteries and go again in a short space of time.”
Will Juventus look like a team that just spent a whole lot of energy a few days earlier in the same kind of fashion as we see following a Champions League game?
Or, will Udinese’s visit to Turin be a lot like the last time the two teams played a month ago?
Either way, the third and final competition that Juventus obviously wants to be competitive in is about to get underway. It took half the season to get here — as it usually does — but it’s time to start the quest to get the Coppa Italia patch back on Juventus’ jersey for next season. (And hopefully a jersey that has black and white stripes, too.)
When: Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020
Where: Allianz Stadium, Turin, Italy
Official kickoff time: 8:45 p.m. local time in Italy and across Europe; 7:45 p.m. in the United Kingdom; 2:45 p.m. Eastern Time; 11:45 a.m. Pacific Time
Juventus starting XI (4-3-1-2): Buffon; Danilo, De Ligt, Rugani, Alex Sandro; Bentancur, Rabiot, Bernardeschi; Douglas Costa; Higuain, Dybala
Juventus bench: Szczesny, Pinsoglio, Pjanic, Ramsey, Matuidi, Cuadrado, Bonucci, Pjaca, Emre Can, Coccolo
Udinese starting XI (3-5-2): Nicolas; Opoku, De Maio, Nuytinck; Ter-Avest, Barak, Jajalo, Walace, Sema; Nestorovski, Teodorczyk
Udinese bench: Musso, Perisan, Troost-Ekong, Fofana, Okaka, De Paul, Lasagna, Stryger-Larsen, Mandragora, Becao
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