Juventus will visit league leaders Milan in Serie A on Wednesday night, where three points are imperative for Andrea Pirlo’s side to secure their inconsistent season shot.
The Old Lady struggled to assert herself as she did over the past decade, with Pirlo’s uninteresting reign so far earning six draws in 15 games played. This form means they are 10 points behind Milan, and fighting for a place in the top four is now their immediate goal despite just one loss.
Three points away from home among the league leaders – who are unbeaten in Serie A this season – is a monumental demand, but if Juve can pull it off, victory may well be the catalyst for a resurgence.
here’s how 90 mins think they might line up.
Wojciech Szczesny (GK) – Szczesny faces Gianluigi Donnarumma, the two battling to prove they are Italy’s best goalkeeper.
Matthijs de Ligt (CB) – De Ligt made his 50th appearance for Juve in their 3-1 win over Udinese and will undoubtedly start again against Milan.
Leonardo Bonucci (CB) – Fun fact – Bonucci spent a season at Milan in 2017/18 before quickly returning to Turin in, frankly, one of the strangest transfers of all time.
Danilo (CB) – Danilo completes a return of three for Juve. The ex-Manchester City man is a versatile presence and does a multi-job job.
Dejan Kulusevski (RWB) – With Juan Cuadrado suspended, Kulusevski intervenes at the back of the wing. It’s not quite the role that gets the most out of him, but he’ll get the job done.
Weston McKennie (CM) – The American quickly established himself as one of the first names on the roster under Pirlo and continues to impress.
Adrien Rabiot (CM) – Rabiot comes back from suspension and goes straight back into the XI to add additional defensive cover.
Aaron Ramsey (CM) – Ramsey put in another solid and creative performance against Udinese and must start over if Juve are to break Milan and win midfield battles.
Federico Chiesa (LWB) – Chiesa is also a utility for the Old Lady and is able to fire from a distance. He could prove the key.
Paulo Dybala (ST) – La Joya started 2021 with a goal and must use it to start a year that improves on a disappointing 2020.
Cristiano Ronaldo (ST) – Ronaldo starts alongside Dybala to complete the lineup. The Portuguese international’s brace against Udinese saw him surpass Pelé’s record of 757 goals. It is time for the Brazilian to put a few hundred in the streets and to mark this record …