Italy is all set to welcome Manchester United as Juventus look to take their Champions League dominance to the top. Jose Mourinho’s side will face the Old Lady with a point to prove, and on the back of two decisive victories, even though the one against Bournemouth almost wasn’t.
Juventus, for their part, are riding on confidence, and will be eager to stamp their intent to win it all on Europe’s biggest stage this season. Here’s how the two sides are most likely to lineup for the mid-week encounter.
The traveling squad to Turin was bereft of Romelu Lukaku, and it will be interesting to see if Jose Mourinho sticks with the same lineup that wasn’t punished against Bournemouth.
Martial and Pogba are apt to retain their spots, and Valencia may make a return to the starting lineup. Meanwhile, Matic did show a few displays worthy of a frown, and the Serb may be given the start only due to the relative inexperience of Andreas Pereira.
In terms of injury, Mourinho had to report the absence of only Dalot to aid that of Lukaku, with the Belgian striker also in doubt for Sunday’s Manchester derby. It will be interesting to see if Rashford leads the line, or Sanchez and Martial start together again.
Goalkeeper: De Gea
Defenders: Valencia, Smalling, Lindelof, Shaw
Midfielders: Fred, Matic, Pogba
Forwards: Mata, Sanchez. Martial
The Italian giants won the encounter at Old Trafford, and will be eager to do the same at home. Interestingly, the last time an English club emerged victorious at Juventus’ home turf, it was the Red Devils in 2003.
As far as injuries are concerned, Allegri will be without Blaise Matuidi and Douglas Costa. Meanwhile, Sami Khedira could make a comeback in the game. The side will have to rely on the usual scoring prowess of the likes of Ronaldo and Dybala, the latter having won hearts with his Old Trafford winner.
Defenders: Cancelo, Bonucci, Chiellini, Sandro
Midfielders: Bentancur, Khedira, Pjanic
Forwards: Cuadrado, Dybala, Ronaldo