So, what’s your plans this Saturday?
‘Well the pubs are reopening so I’ll probably go my local and socially distance myself from my liver’s health for a bit if you know what I mean.’
That’s the wrong answer.
The right answer to ‘what’s your plans for Saturday’ is sitting in front of your TV, eating some cannoli, and watching the two most important games of the season so far. One of those games is Lazio (who are without the suspended Ciro Immobile) taking on AC Milan, and the other is Juventus’ Derby della Mole meeting with Torino.
Here’s how Juve will likely line up for the latter game.
Gianluigi Buffon (GK): One game off the all-time Serie A appearances record, surely Maurizio Sarri has a heart and will start Gigi this weekend. Surely.
Juan Cuadrado (RB): The 2014 World Cup top assister is now one of the best two-way full backs in Serie A.
Leonardo Bonucci (CB): A leader at the back, Bonucci has been integral to Juve’s watertight defence since returning to the club.
Matthijs de Ligt (CB): How is he this good? How? How? HOW?!!!!!! De Ligt has been brilliant since the turn of the year, proving to be worth every penny of the €75m Juve paid for him – despite the defender being roughly three weeks old.
Danilo (LB): The Brazilian may not be the best full back in the world but, hey, at least he’s not the worst either. There must be someone worse. There has to be. Anyways, Danilo is one of the very few fit full backs at the club so will start this weekend.
Adrien Rabiot (CM): No one is quite sure what Rabiot is good at, and it’s become clear that that is actually a bad thing. Still, the midfield options at the club are fairly shocking, so he’ll start by default.
Miralem Pjanic (CM): Like Rabiot, Pjanic – despite being set to move to Barcelona – will start by default this weekend. Lord knows Juve fans will be glad to see the back of him this summer.
Rodrigo Bentancur (CM): Right, now we’re onto a good midfielder. Bentancur has been the saving grace for Juve’s midfield this season and is set to start at the club for a very, very, very long time.
Douglas Costa (RW): The winger scored his first (yes, FIRST) goal of the season in midweek and with Federico Bernardeschi continuing to underperform, it’s likely enough to him a start on Saturday.
Paulo Dybala (ST): Juve’s MVP of the restart. Dybala has been scoring wonder goals for fun in recent weeks, leading the club’s charge to a millionth consecutive league title.
Cristiano Ronaldo (LW): He’s certainly not been at his best since joining Juventus, but the goal in midweek was fantastic.