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The Old Lady Speaks Podcast, Episode 22: Euro Trip 2020

The Champions League is about to make its return again, and that means the schedule is going to get a whole lot busier than it has been.

Rodrigo Bentancur of Juventus FC in action during the UEFA... Photo by Nicolò Campo/LightRocket via Getty Images

It is the final days of the October international break.

There isn’t too much to talk about — which, as compared to last time we all gathered around the Zoom call, was a welcome change from how things involving Juventus were when we went into the international break a week and a half ago.

So, we figured that we would talk about something we completely forgot to mention over the course of last week’s hourlong episode: the Champions League starting up again.

Yes, the first major schedule crunch of the 2020-21 season means that Andrea Pirlo is going to be making his Champions League debut as Juventus’ manager in a matter days. There, of course, is first a trip to Crotone this Saturday night before Juve heads over to Ukraine, but the fact still remains that Juventus are going to be competing in Europe once again and their rookie manager is going to be under the microscope more than before.

So, yeah. That is what myself (Danny), Sam, Sergio and Signore Chuks discussed for much of Episode 22 of your favorite Juventus podcast.

Please note that we recorded this episode on Monday night, the day before it was announced that Cristiano Ronaldo tested positive for coronavirus and well in advance of Wednesday’s decision regarding the Juventus-Napoli game that never happened. The absence of Ronaldo (as well as Weston McKennie) due to the positive COVID-19 test obviously changes a few things in regard to the Champions League, but you’ll have to wait until next week’s episode for our thoughts on the repercussions of that diagnosis being made public on Tuesday.


What we did talk about on this episode of The Old Lady Speaks goes a little something like this:

  • Overall thoughts on Juventus’ group, one that is looking very top heavy and has the name of a Hungarian team that we only really want Chuks to pronounce.
  • Speaking of Chuks, his cat decided to stop by and say hello.
  • Some predictions for the group stage.
  • RONALDO VS. MESSI TALK!!!!!!!! Briefly, at least. (Although, based on Tuesday’s news, that isn’t necessarily a guarantee at this point.)
  • Andrea Pirlo and how he might handle the upcoming crunch of games.
  • Twitter question(s) from a familiar friend of the blog.

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