Tonight is a big night.
It is a big night because Juventus’ Europa League standing is up for grabs.
Thankfully for us here in the corner of the internet that roots for Juventus, we can say that Max Allegri’s squad comes into the second leg of the Europa League Round of 16 tie against Freiburg with a slim but always-valuable 1-0 lead on aggregate. Because of that lead, Juve don’t necessarily have to win on this night. A draw would get them through to the Europa League quarterfinals — something that they couldn’t say a few weeks ago against Nantes.
But, either way, Juventus just can’t lose or else its Europa League run this winter/spring will come to an end after all of four games.
Now, nobody here really wants that to happen because this is the only European football that Juventus has left this season. If Juve advance, that’s at least two more games and more money in the bank. (Although not as much money if they were to, say, get to the quarterfinals of the European competition in which they crashed out of earlier this season.)
So here’s to hoping that Juventus both doesn’t lose that small aggregate lead that it has and can potentially add on to it. That sure would be nice knowing what’s at stake on this night.
When: Thursday, March 16, 2023.
Where: Europa-Park Stadion, Freiburg, Germany.
Official kickoff time: 6:45 p.m. local time in Germany and around Europe, 5:45 p.m. in the United Kingdom, 1:45 p.m. Eastern time, 10:45 a.m. Pacific time.
Juventus starting XI (3-5-2): Szczesny; Gatti, Bremer, Danilo; Cuadrado, Fagioli, Locatelli, Rabiot, Kostic; Kean, Vlahovic.
Juventus bench: Perin, Pinsoglio, De Sciglio, Rugani, Paredes, Miretti, Barrenechea, Compagnon, Soulé, Chiesa, Di Maria, Iling-Junior,
Freiburg starting XI (3-4-2-1): Flekken; Kubler, Ginter, Gulde; Gunter, Eggestein, Hofler, Doan; Holer, Sildillia; Gregoritsch.
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