Today’s the day.
Today’s the day as to whether Juventus will have another Champions League fixture again this season. Or, like last season, Juve’s road in the Champions League ends at the round of 16, with so many hopes — as well as a whole lot of money — left unfulfilled as we search for answers as to how to get this club out of the trend of continuously disappointing us on the European stage.
Today’s the day for Andrea Pirlo to try and get a signature win in a season that has seen his squad struggle to find consistency with both results and its overall performance.
Yet today is the day we’ve become rather familiar with over the last few years. This is Juventus in the Champions League. This is especially Juventus in the Champions League knockout rounds, with this exact kind of situation — you know, Juve trying to flip first-leg disappointment into their favor over the course of the second 90 minutes — happening the last two years.
So now we see what Juventus can do to flip things in their favor this time around.
Will it be more Atletico Madrid in the round of 16?
Or will it be more Lyon in the round of 16?
Those are two very different outcomes. One good, one bad. We obviously want the good to happen, but the bad is obviously very much out there and possible.
Juventus know what they need to do. They know what scores in this game will work with the aggregate scoreline to get them through to the quarterfinals. Now they just have to go out and get the job done.
As they said in their motivational video on social media earlier this week: “Go and get it.”
When: Tuesday, March 9, 2021
Where: Juventus 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 (3-5-2/4-4-2): Szczesny; Cuadrado, Demiral, Bonucci, Alex Sandro; Chiesa, Arthur, Rabiot, Ramsey; Ronaldo, Morata
Juventus bench: Buffon, Pinsoglio, Chiellini, de Ligt, Di Pardo, Dragusin, Frabotta, McKennie, Bernardeschi, Fagioli, Kulusevski
Porto starting XI (4-4-2): Marchesin; Manafá, Mbemba, Pepe, Zaidu; Corona, Uribe, Sergio Oliveira, Otavio; Marega, Taremi
Porto bench: Diogo Costa, Diogo Leite, Loum, Luis Diaz, Grujic, Felipe Anderson, Toni Martinez, Evanilson, Nanu, Sarr, Fabio Vieira, Francisco Conceicao
HOW TO WATCH
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