The guessing game as to when Juventus will take the field next is finally over.
Finally. Finally, finally, finally.
That is good — especially since we’re closing in on two weeks since Juventus last faced a Serie A opponent. And that we would very much like to get back to our regularly scheduled programming around here. And that spending so much time worrying about the coronavirus might drive us all crazy at some point in the near future.
One day following the decree issued by the Italian government that said all sporting events must be played behind closed doors until April 3, Juventus and Lega Serie A announced Thursday that the Derby d’Italia is back on and not taking place in the final weeks of the season like originally planned. Instead, this weekend will see the completion of Round 26 of the Serie A schedule, with the second Derby d’Italia of the season taking place Sunday night in Turin.
It will, as the decree states, be played behind closed doors — which is something we should get used to seeing as the coronavirus outbreak in Italy is the second-worst situation of all countries affected in the world right now.
OFFICIAL | #JuveInter will be played on 8th March behind closed doors.— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) March 5, 2020
With the Italian government ruling that all sporting events having to be played behind closed doors for the next month (at least), this was pretty much the only option that Serie A officials had. Going another weekend without half of the schedule potentially not being played would have thrown things into even more into flux than it already is.
With this weekend seeing the completion of Round 26, it is expected that the Serie A schedule will now be pushed back one more week, as previously reported by many in the Italian media. That means, instead of playing Lecce on Friday, Juventus will play this weekend’s original opponent, Bologna.
We still don’t know when Juventus’ other postponed match, the second leg of the Coppa Italia semifinal against Milan, will be rescheduled. But there’s a pretty good chance will know about that once Juventus’ future in the Champions League is determined following Lyon’s visit to Turin on Tuesday, March 17.