It looks like we’re getting closer and closer to getting the answer to the hard-hitting question of “When the hell is Juventus going to play its next game?”
A decree from the Italian government has ruled that all sporting events in the country will be played behind closed doors for the next month — which extends all the way until Friday, April 3. The general line of thinking with the new decree is that Serie A football will resume this weekend right where it left off, with games that were scheduled for Matchday 26 taking place and then every subsequent game being pushed back one place in the schedule.
That would mean the report we heard earlier in the week about Juventus’ Derby d’Italia showdown with Inter Milan being moved up to March 9 would be somewhat true. Instead of playing it this coming Monday, it will be played at some point this weekend along with the other games that were postponed last weekend due to the coronavirus outbreak in Italy.
The schedule for this weekend was not officially confirmed, however, seeing as there was not enough people present at Wednesday night’s Lega Serie A meeting to complete a valid vote. (Which is ... so very Italy.)
Even though it isn’t official, the weekend’s schedule should look something like this:
Saturday, March 7
- Sampdoria-Hellas Verona
Sunday, March 8
- AC Milan-Genoa
- Juventus-Inter Milan
Where Juventus’ Coppa Italia semifinal against AC Milan fits into the puzzle doesn’t seem all too certain at this point. Right now, the main focus is clearly on getting the league back up and running so that there aren’t weeks and weeks of postponements to try and make up before the final two months of the season arrive. Assuming that the league fixtures restart this weekend and that Juve doesn’t get dumped out of the Champions League by Lyon later this month, there aren’t going to be many opportunities to play midweek knowing that the schedule is now likely to be what it is likely to be.
But, like we said, the main issue here — besides the coronavirus, of course — is trying to find some kind of solution for what has become a complete mess of a situation.