And suddenly, we are at the midway point of the Champions League group stage.
Or, at least we will be there in a couple of hours.
Juventus’ trip to Hungary to face Ferencvaros tonight is the penultimate leg in what has been a summer 2020-like three-week stretch of games. This is the sixth leg of that seven-leg journey that will have seen half of the Champions League group stage played. And tonight is the third game of that group stage that has seen Juve play solidly in one game and then the complete opposite of that in the most recent fixture against Barcelona.
Despite that, Juventus can — at the very least — strengthen their position in second place with a positive result tonight. And, based on who they are playing and who Andrea Pirlo now has available to him in terms of personnel, you would expect them to go out and get three points against a team that just recorded its first Champions League point in 25 years last week.
But, as we know, Juve doesn’t always do things by a logical manner.
That’s especially true when it comes to Juventus being in the Champions League.
So we now wait and see what this Juventus team can do in a game, albeit away from home, where they are the favorites to win and put themselves in position to enter the second half of the group stage following the upcoming international break. Maybe Juventus will do just that.
And when it comes to Juventus doing something we actually want, that’s not always the easy thing to actually see happen. Let’s hope it’s three points in their back pocket as they board the plane back to Turin a few hours from now.
When: Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020
Where: Groupama Arena, Budapest, Hungary
Official kickoff time: 9 p.m. local time in Hungary 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): Szczesny; Danilo, Bonucci, Chiellini; Cuadrado, Arthur, Rabiot, Chiesa; Ramsey; Morata, Ronaldo
Juventus bench: Buffon, Pinsoglio, Frabotta, Riccio, McKennie, Bentancur, Bernardeschi, Portanova, Kulusevski, Dybala
Ferencvaros starting XI (4-3-3): Dibusz; G. Lovrencsics, Blazic, Dvali, Botka; Kharatin, Siger, Somalia; Zubkov, Isael, Nguen
Ferencvaros bench: Szecsi, Ori, Frimpong, Kovacevic, Mak, Baturina, Heister, Boli, Uzuni
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