When Juventus stepped onto the field against Cagliari over the weekend, we were hoping that we didn’t see the kind of end result that happened against Lazio two weeks earlier. That left us frustrated, in need of throwing things, and doing a whole lot of cursing when it came to what had happened because Juve couldn’t see out a win.
Two-and-a-half weeks later, not only would we prefer that Juve replicate the result from their last game, we would very much enjoy seeing them playing the same kind of way.
Juventus hosts Ferencvaros tonight in what could very well be the day where the Italian champions clinch a spot in the Champions League knockout round. They need help to do so, and that help needs to come from a Barcelona side that will be without Lionel Messi and some of the other most important players when they play Dynamo Kyiv tonight. That is out of Juventus’ control, obviously. But what they can control is beating Ferencvaros for a second consecutive European game as well as having the chance to build off of what they did against Cagliari over the weekend.
That is the hope.
That is very much what we want to see.
Whether Juventus can actually do it remains to be seen.
Juventus has beaten Ferencvaros once before, a relatively comfortable 4-1 win in Hungary a couple of weeks ago. I think everybody here would very much welcome that kind of result again. And if Juve play like they did over the weekend against Cagliari, then a comfortable win is very much in the realm of possibilities.
That’s what Andrea Pirlo wants to see. The honeymoon period is over, according to the man himself, and he wants to see this team take its game up a level or two now that the meat of the schedule has officially arrived. The first step in that process was quite the positive one, but it was only one game. We want to see consistency, right? And with another performance like we saw Saturday night, then that desired consistency is closer to arriving.
When: Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020
Where: Allianz Stadium, Turin, Italy
Official kickoff time: 9 p.m. local time in Italy and across Europe; 8 p.m. in the United Kingdom; 3 p.m. Eastern Time; 12 p.m. Pacific Time
Juventus starting XI (3-4-1-2/4-4-2): Szczesny; Cuadrado, Danilo, de Ligt, Alex Sandro; McKennie, Bentancur, Arthur, Bernardeschi; Dybala, Ronaldo
Juventus bench: Pinsoglio, Israel, Dragusin, Frabotta, Ramsey, Rabiot, Chiesa, Portanova, Kulusevski, Morata
Ferencvaros starting XI (4-2-3-1): Dibusz; Lovrencsics, Blazic, Dvali, Heister; Frimpong, Somalia; Zubkov, Siger, Uzuni; Nguen
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