With a spot in the Champions League Round of 16 already locked up and the chances of finishing atop Group G still possible but not entirely likely, one might be asking themselves something along the lines of “What does Juventus have to lose in all of this?”
Well, check out their form.
Then you can get back to me on that.
Juventus faces Dynamo Kyiv tonight in Turin in dire straights of something to go right after back-to-back games where things haven’t looked anywhere close to great. Sure, Juve’s only lost one of those games, but the overall product and performance level over the course of those 180 minutes has led to a whole lot of questions being asked about this squad and the man who is calling the shots. (Even more than before because, you know, he didn’t have any kind of managerial experience before a few months ago.)
So now we have our latest “let’s see what happens” kind of situation.
We seem to have had a lot of those lately. And over the last couple of months. And, honestly, over the course of the last 12 months. (It’s been that kind of year.)
But maybe with the pressure off of trying to get into the Champions League knockout round since that has already been checked off the list things might be a little more relaxed. Or maybe with all the heat coming down on them then Andrea Pirlo and Juventus in general will come out and struggle again like they have the last couple of games and for large chunks of this 2020-21 season to date.
At this point, I don’t know, I really don’t — which really does suck. I want to believe. I want to see some grinta. I want to see Juventus win. That’s not too much to ask ... right?
When: Wednesday, Dec. 2, 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; de Ligt, Bonucci, Demiral; Chiesa, McKennie, Bentancur, Alex Sandro; Ramsey; Morata, Ronaldo
Juventus bench: Pinsoglio, Danilo, Cuadrado, Dragusin, Frabotta, Arthur, Rabiot, Bernardeschi, Portanova, Kulusevski, Dybala, Da Graca
Dynamo Kyiv starting XI (4-3-3): Bushchan; Kedziora, Popov, Zabarnyi, Mykolenko; Shepeliev, Sydorchuk, Shaparenko; Tsygankov, Verbic, Rodrigues
HOW TO WATCH
Television: Sky Sport Uno, Sky Sport 252 (Italy)
Online/mobile: CBS All Access, TUDN.com, TUDNxtra, TUDN App (United States); DAZN (Canada); BTSport.com, BT Sport app (United Kingdom); Sky Go Italia (Italy)
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