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The benefit of tonight’s recreation is that it’s not the tip of Juventus’ Coppa Italia run it doesn’t matter what the consequence finally ends up being. There’s nonetheless a second leg to play, again in Turin with hopefully one thing to legitimately play for. That’s what Maurizio Sarri hopes is the case, certainly one thing that may again up his quote about Juve being on target for the club’s objectives this season.
In fact, the group’s kind isn’t all that nice proper now, and hasn’t been superb for weeks — if not months — now. That’s effectively documented, so we received’t go additional into that.
However, as is at all times the draw back of being an inner optimist, there’s this thought continually banging round on this mind of mine: Possibly the subsequent recreation will likely be higher than the final recreation.
Counterpoint is that it could possibly’t get a lot worse than what we’ve seen from Juventus in its two most up-to-date losses to Hellas Verona and Napoli earlier than that. Tonight’s first leg of the Coppa Italia semifinals towards Milan is the prospect to alter all of that … hopefully. But when the pattern fo the previous couple of months proceed and Juve once more wrestle to do a lot of something proper, then it might very effectively be a protracted two legs of the Coppa semifinals it doesn’t matter what type of losses Milan has suffered to a sure metropolis rival in the previous couple of days.
Though it’s slightly totally different than the norm to hope that Juve discover some type of respite within the Coppa Italia, that’s simply how it’s going for Sarri’s squad as of late. There’s no extra lead atop Serie A, and the Champions League Spherical of 16 draw is likely to be favorable however it’s not like Juve’s present kind is saying that enjoying Lyon goes to be a breeze. Nevertheless it has been within the Coppa Italia the place a few of Juventus’ finest showings over the past couple of months have come. (Which, I do know, hasn’t precisely been towards the strongest opposition, however Juve did beat a Roma that simply pushed them to the restrict per week and a half earlier, so there’s that.)
Mainly, go on and sustain with the Coppa Italia dominance.
You already know, the competitors the place Juve’s seemed like a whole group.
We haven’t seen that a lot this season, however we’ve seen it within the Coppa Italia.
Ah, that magical Coppa Italia! My favourite in-season event the place Juventus out of the blue may really be placing some type of significance on it slightly than doing huge squad rotation each single likelihood they get.
So, I’ve mentioned it as soon as and I’ll say it once more: Please don’t suck, Juventus. (I really feel like I’ve been saying — or a minimum of pondering — that so much these days. I don’t like that every one that a lot.)
When: Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020
The place: Giuseppe Meazza Stadium, Milan, Italy
Official kickoff time: 8:45 p.m. native time in Italy and throughout Europe; 7:45 p.m. in the UK; 2:45 p.m. Jap Time; 11:45 a.m. Pacific Time
Juventus beginning XI (4-3-3): Buffon; De Sciglio, de Ligt, Bonucci, Alex Sandro; Ramsey, Pjanic, Matuidi; Cuadrado, Dybala, Ronaldo
Juventus bench: Szczesny, Pinsoglio, Danilo, Higuain, Rugani, Rabiot, Bentancur, Olivieri, Coccolo
AC Milan beginning XI (4-2-3-1): G. Donnarumma; Calabria, Kjaer, Romagnoli, Theo Hernandez; Kessie, Bennacer; Castillejo, Calhanoglu, Rebic; Ibrahimovic
AC Milan bench: Begovic, A. Donnarumma, Bonaventura, Leao, Musacchio, Paqueta, Gabbia, Saelemaekers, Laxalt, Brescianini, Maldini
HOW TO WATCH
Tv: BT Sport 2 (United Kingdom); RAI Uno (Italy)
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