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Landmarks of Turin Awards: Juventus vs. Torino & AC Milan edition - Black & White & Read All Over
Juventus failed the first part of a grueling four-game stretch, but there are still some bright spots for the Old Lady.
The blood was in the water, the prey was wounded and flailing, but instead of sinking teeth into AC Milan in order to secure a near-impenetrable 10-point lead in the Scudetto race, Juventus elected to go for some synchronized swimming. Whether or not you agree with Maurizio Sarris blackout comments, no matter what you think about what appears to be his shirking responsibility for the epic meltdown against the Rossoneri, the Bianconeris first-year manager is right about one thing: there isnt time to dwell on this defeat. I mean, almost literally, there isnt time. Having failed the first test out of four in the gauntlet, on Saturday Cristiano Ronaldo and Co. play an Atalanta side that has scored 83 league goals entering its game against Sampdoria, followed by a date with a Sassuolo outfit undefeated in their last four and having not scored fewer than four goals in that run, and punctuated by a showdown versus the Scudetto-hungry Lazio, who have molly-whopped Sarris men on two separate occasions. I am not advocating that anybody panic, but despite the seven-point lead this thing is far from over. Onto the awards. Nietzsches Horse Award For the player whose play demonstrated an insanity indicative of a serious decline in form. While Daniele Rugani may not have a future at center back at Juventus (unless he wants to be the Carlo Pinsoglio of the unit, which he may very well want), I think I could find him a very good job as a professional usher at various celebrity weddings across the globe, such was the skill with which he escorted Milans to sink Juve. What was particularly impressive about that play, however, was the fact that Rugani mustered the alacrity to both foul Ante Rebi after getting badly beaten and then show Rafael Leão exactly where he should go to score. I must, therefore, disagree with my esteemed colleague Sam Lopresti, who must have been feeling particularly forgiving when he gave Rugani a 5/10 for that performance, citing all of the Italians time on the bench as reason for rust. Id hand Rugani a solid 2/10. Or worse. Id hand him a practice bib and send out Giorgio Chiellini or Merih Demiral with a crutch. Play Simone Muratore at center back. Re-sign Mario Mandzukic to play center back. Damn it. For it wasnt only the game-winning goal on which Rugani spectacularly failed. In the game-tying goal, Rugani practically gave Zlatan Ibrahimovi a nice little shoulder rub when the Swede held the ball up in the box, only to then guide Franck Kessié to wherever the midfield wanted, which, it turned out, was closer to the goal and scoring. On both goals, Rugani somehow managed to fail two separate times as he helped Juve lose the game. Brilliant stuff. Ivrea Orange Festival Award For the player who takes something crappy and makes it beautiful. The fact that Matthijs de Ligt has been a top two or three player for Juventus on the year has been clear to most over the last few weeks, but in case that fact wasnt clear to any stragglers, now its crystal clear: the Dutchman is Juves best center back, hes one of the best center backs in the world, and when hes not on the pitch things go very differently. De Ligt earns the Ivrea award for this specific fact: he is the seatbelt that keeps everyone from flying off what is the Juan Cuadrado right back roller coaster. The Johnny Square experience certainly has its ups and downs, all of which were on display yesterday, but in Sarris preferred starting lineup any mistake, mishap, or otherwise out-of-position stupidity that Cuadrado can accomplish is covered by de Ligt. The only reason I havent peed my pants yet ahead of the Atalanta game is that de Ligt is returning. Even so, Im pretty darn nervous. Lingotto Award For a notable demonstration in both grit and flair. Adrien Rabiot has arrived, and thats good news for a lot of reasons. The jury is out on whether Juventus will make yet another midfield splash in the transfer market next season as has become quite apparent, the club should also be in the market for fullbacks but whether Fabio Paratici does or does not pull the trigger on another midfielder, Rabiot leveling up is huge for the depth of the unit and the potential of the existing set of players. Suddenly the club looks almost young and promising there, with Rodrigo Bentancur, the Frenchman, and Arthur Melo occupying three spots. Sure, that may not be the best trio in the world, but thats not a bad place to start at all. Rabiots goal on Tuesday showed what he can do. I venture that a solid 75 percent or more of players wouldve gone down to draw the foul on Kessié at the beginning of this run, but the 6-foot-2 Rabiot decided to keep going. And going, and going. He runs through the would-be foul, nutmegs a defender, carries the ball across most of the pitch, uses a brilliant Gonzalo Higuain run to occupy the center of the pitch in front of goal, and half-chips a surgical shot past Gianluigi Donnarumma. He deserved that goal, and he deserves that spot on the left side of the midfield. Theres less than a month left to go, and although seven games feels like a lot, the breakneck speed with which the post-COVID-19 schedule has been set means this is absolutely going to fly by. As I said in the beginning, I dont think anybody Sarri, the players, us, the executives should hit the panic button quite yet, though certainly we should collectively rue the missed opportunity to have take a gigantic step forward. Phase one of the gauntlet was a failure. On to phase two.
Sarri: Juventus had a total blackout for 15 minutes in loss against Milan - Black & White & Read All Over
Manager’s comments as Juve fritter away chance to go 10 points clear on top
After an hour had elapsed it was looking like a victory parade at the San Siro. Juventus up by two goals against a flaccid AC Milan, and with Lazio having foundered against Lecce earlier, the Bianconeri looked well-poised to take their lead at the summit of Serie A to ten points with just seven games to go. Then the entire team seemed to fall asleep and when they arose again from their slumber, Milan lead 3-2 and Juve were suddenly tired and beaten with no fight left in them. Sarri made wholesale changes but the moment was gone and the advantage lost. Speaking after the game, the manager refused to dwell on this capitulation insisting it was normal and that the players will be looking forward instead. I think our first 60 minutes were world class. We were in total control and had this blackout. Theres not even much use thinking too much about it, because we have another game in three days. We had a total blackout for 15 minutes. It has happened to other teams in this period. We have to take the positives from the game, which are that we were in total control for an hour. Its usually not even possible to find the reasons for these inexplicable blackouts. Juves mental frailties have shown themselves before this loss too, but Sarri refused to accept that these were the same issues. We had some bad performances and quite rightly lost them, but this is not the case now. We played well this evening. Ive seen many other teams have similar blackouts lately, because its an unusual situation to be playing and training in these temperatures, with so many games close together. Sitting here trying to over-analyse it or put ourselves on trial could be counter-productive and make us lose all the good work weve done so far. Its completely different to the defeats against Verona and Napoli, so we have to focus on the next match. This is a team that has excellent football in its capabilities and that is what we need to build on. With Matthijs de Ligt and Paulo Dybala suspended, Daniele Rugani came back into the starting lineup. The defence was fine up until the 62nd minute, as we didnt allow Milan a single chance before then. The blackout hit everyone. You can change all 11 players at that moment and it wont make a difference. Higuain did what he had to do at this moment, he started well, then slowly faded out of the game, as was to be expected with his fitness levels. Sarri didnt believe either that his side had gotten complacent even before the first minute when they heard the scoreline from Lazio vs Lecce. I dont think it made a difference, otherwise the initial approach wouldve been poor. Instead, we were focused for most of the match. I dont even think we relaxed after going 2-0 up, it was the penalty that sparked the blackout. Adrien Rabiot had opened the scoring after an incredible run took him from his own half to the edge of the Rossoneri box where a fine finish left Donnarumma for dead. Rabiot is settling into the squad, into Italian football, into his first experience abroad. His progress was slowed by a few injury problems, but he is now getting there.
Game Time Thread: Juventus vs. Lecce - Black & White & Read All Over
Juventus looks to actually make this thing a (small) winning streak.
Maurizio Sarri doesnt want to take tonights opposition, Lecce, all that lightly. He isnt buying the fact that Lecce enters the day in 18th place and the relegation zone or the fact that tonights opposition was absolutely hammered by AC Milan in their first Serie A game of the countrys restart. He aint buying it. And you know what? Thats OK. I guess it makes sense when you dont have any actual senior team fullbacks available for tonights visit from Lecce to Allianz Stadium. Or the fact that the squad depth is rather ... hmmm ... tight these days knowing that there are injuries up and down the roster. Despite all of that, and theres still plenty to be skeptical about right now, Juventus has a chance to extend its lead atop the Serie A table to seven points with a win over Lecce tonight. That might not have been something you thought was possible a few days ago. But the door has been opened up for Juventus to go through thanks to Papu Gomez and his buddies at Atalanta. So we say thank you to Papu and the rest of the wonderful and entertaining folks at Atalanta. We hope you never change and continue to do fun things. Well, except when Juve plays against Atalanta in a couple of weeks. Yeah, thats a given. Lecce. Right. Lecce! Lecce is not very good. Even with a patchwork defense and very little options off the bench, theres only one acceptable outcome here, everybody and Im pretty sure I dont need to remind you guys what that is. Juventus hasnt been great, but at least showed some signs of improvement the last time they took the field a few days ago. Maybe a couple of goals from open play would ease some of the stresses we have about the current state of the team. Maybe another shutout regardless of Lecce being in the relegation zone right now would also ease some of the stresses we have about the current state of the team. Lets just hope the Juve we see is more like the one we saw against Bologna as compared to the first two games out of the suspension of play. More like it, but still better. That would be nice. MATCH INFO When: Friday, June 26, 2020 Where: Allianz Stadium, Turin, Italy Official kickoff time: 9:45 p.m. local time in Italy and across Europe; 8:45 p.m. in the United Kingdom; 3:45 p.m. Eastern Time; 12:45 p.m. Pacific Time STARTING LINEUP Juventus starting XI (4-3-3): Szczesny; Cuadrado, de Ligt, Bonucci, Matuidi; Bentancur, Pjanic, Rabiot; Bernardeschi, Dybala, Ronaldo Juventus bench: Buffon, Pinsoglio, Rugani, Wesley, Ramsey, Muratore, Douglas Costa, Higuain, Olivieri Lecce starting XI (3-4-2-1): Gabriel, Donati, Lucioni, Paz; Rispoli, Petriccione, Tachtsidis, Brayan Vera; Shakhov, Mancosu; Hawk HOW TO WATCH Television: TLN (Canada); Premier Sports 1 (United Kingdom); Sky Calcio 1, Sky Sport Serie A (Italy) Online/mobile: ESPN+ (United States); DAZN (Canada); Premier Player HD (United Kingdom); SKY GO Italia (Italy) Other live viewing options can be found here, and as always, you can also follow along with us live and all the stupid things we say on Twitter. If you havent already, join the community on Black & White & Read All Over, and join in the discussion below.
Juve stumble again, fall to Napoli in Coppa Italia final - Black & White & Read All Over
Another promising start led to another dud finish.
We were hoping that after Fridays relatively dull return from the COVID-19 shutdown that Juventus would maybe take things up a notch in the Coppa Italia final against Napoli. With some rust knocked off, there was hope that the team would look a little sharper, and that maybe a goal or two would come out with a trophy on the line. Well, that didnt go quite as hoped. The game that played out was very much a copy of Fridays semifinal against AC Milan. Juve came out of the gates hot, but didnt manage to score in that initial push, and as the game wore on they were unable to break down a well-organized opponent who played hard and hardly ever allowed an opening. Napoli ended up having more sting in their tail than Milan did, and it took some late heroics from Gianluigi Buffon to even get to 90 minutes in a scoreless tie. With the rules changed to help keep player workload down in the condensed schedule of the restart, the game went straight to penalties and Juve made a mess of things. Paulo Dybala, usually so reliable from the penalty spot, had the teams first kick saved, and Danilo followed him up by skying his shot way over the bar. Buffon, for all his heroics, he couldnt come up lucky in the lottery of penalties, and the Partenopei potted all four of their shots, winning the shootout 4-2 for their sixth Coppa Italia title. There was a lot of history coming into this tie, both short and long term. The teams had split their Serie A games, with Juve winning a 4-3 epic on the second day of the season and Napoli responding with a 2-1 win in Naples in January. Going deeper into the history of the competition itself, Juve and Napolis history is rather extensive. Wednesday was the 12th time the two of them matched up in the Coppa Italia, with Juve having won six of the previous 11. They last played each other in the semifinals of the 2016-17 season, with Juve winning 5-4 on aggregate. The only other time they matched up in a final was in 2011-12, which Napoli won 2-0 in Juves first competitive loss under Antonio Conte. Maurizio Sarri was expected to make a few changes in Juves 4-3-3 setup, but didnt end up making them all of them. Buffon remained in goal for the Coppa. Juan Cuadrado replaced Danilo in the starting lineup at right back, joining Matthijs de Ligt, Leonardo Bonucci, and Alex Sandro on the back line. Sami Khedira was expected to start in place of Miralem Pjanic in midfield, but wait for it suffered a muscular injury in training Tuesday, so the midfield remained the trio of Rodrigo Bentancur, Pjanic, and Blaise Matuidi. Douglas Costa, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Paulo Dybala once again teamed up as the attacking trident. Napoli manager Gennaro Gattuso mirrored Sarris 4-3-3. David Ospina, Gattusos preferred goalkeeper since taking over for Carlo Ancelotti midseason, was suspended for yellow card accumulation, so Alex Meret took up the gloves. He was screened by Giovanni Di Lorenzo, Kalidou Koulibaly, Nicola Maksimovic, and Mario Rui. Fabian Ruiz returned from a minor knock that forced him out of Saturdays game, joining Diego Demme and Pitor Zielinski in midfield. Jose Callejon, Dires Mertens, and Lorenzo Insigne formed the tip of the spear. Like Friday, Juve burst out of the gate, pressing hard, and forcing Napoli into an early error that nearly cost them dearly. The pressure forced Callejon into a terrible pass at the edge of his own penalty area, and Dybala pounced on the ball. He immediately slipped Ronaldo into the left channel and the Portuguese fired off a good shot to the far post that Meret did well to get down and parry. Costa and Bentancur couldnt manage to get off any shots off the rebound, and Napoli dodged a major bullet early on. Photo by FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP via Getty Images Just as they did on Saturday against Inter, Napoli was perfectly happy ceding possession to Juve in the early phases of the game. They played an incredibly compact defensive game, giving Juve few avenues to get through to Merets goal. On the other hand, they couldnt generate the same kind of danger on the counterattack that they had against Inter. It took 15 minutes for either team to register another shot, this one a drive by Bentancur from outside the box that went right at the keeper. Napolis first chance came three minutes later when Bentancur was called for a foul on what looked like a fair tackle 30 yards from the Juve goal and slightly to the left. Insignes free kick was pretty excellent, but swerved a bit too much and hit the post although it looked like Buffon had it covered had it stayed on target. The game continued to stay on its rhythm, with Juve monopolizing possession but not able to push through. Ronaldo and his incredible heading ability up front offered an alternative form of attack, but Juve couldnt take advantage of that, making a habit of badly overhitting any crosses all game long. The last few minutes of the first half saw a flurry of action. A Napoli foray into the Juve half ended in a dispossession, and the ball was sent swiftly back down the field, and Dybala looked like he had set Ronaldo up for an easy one-on-one goal, but Meret read the play perfectly and flew off his line, smothering the ball just as Ronaldo arrived. Two minutes later Demme made a foray up the field and got the benefit of a good bounce off Sandro to send himself down the right channel. He put in a low shot from the corner of the six-yard box and Buffon made an excellent kick save. He then flew to parry a long-range drive from Insigne after the ensuing corner was headed back out to the winger. The game dragged coming out of the second half. Neither team registered a shot on target in the first 20 minutes. Indeed, the most notable moment of that opening phase of the second period came in the 54th minute. Juve went on a strong counter, but Ronaldo picked out the wrong option, leaving the ball off for Bentancur to blast over rather than finding Dybala in the box. But the thing that left the biggest impression on that passage of play was Sandro, whose defense had started the move, who lay crumpled in a heap in the Juve half. Hed been fully extended when the man he was defending fell and landed on him. It had all the visuals of a grotesque injury, but Sandro was back on the field quickly and finished out the game a serious bullet dodged. Juve continued to have more possession, but Merets goal remained relatively unthreatened. Dybala bent a ball over in the 63rd minute, and then Bonucci hit a long shot that went right at the young keeper. Napoli hadnt presented much threat at all since the restart, but the introduction of Arkadiusz Milik gave them a little more oomph, and he wasted a good passing move in the 72nd minute on a nice ball in. Sarri, meanwhile started shuffling players around the board, first introducing Danilo in place of Costa and moving Cuadrado forward, then introducing Federico Bernardeschi for Pjanic and playing him as a mezzala, with Bentancur moving to the regista spot. Napoli continued to cede possession, but they were now posing most of the threat. Substitute Matteo Politano got on the end of a cross with eight minutes to go but could only head it right at Buffon. Juve got a last jab in with two minutes to go, with Sandro sending a nice through ball into the box for Dybala, but Maksimovic blocked it out for a corner. The ensuing set piece saw Sarris last sub, Aaron Ramsey, fire the ball into the stands. Referee Daniele Doveri tacked on three minutes of stoppage time, and in the second of those three minutes Bernardeschi made a really stupid mistake. Trying to buy time and a lane to clear the ball on the right flank, he dribbled it over the end line under minimal pressure, gifting Napoli a corner. On the set piece the defense left Maksimovic completely alone. He hit a powerful downward header and probably thought hed won the game. What he didnt count on was Gigi Buffon doing what Gigi Buffon do. Buffon got down to parry the ball, and then when Elif Elmas stabbed point blank to finish it off, snapped a hand out and tipped the ball onto the post. Photo by Daniele Badolato - Juventus FC/Juventus FC via Getty Images The whistle blew shortly thereafter, and the teams retreated to their bench to prepare for the shootout. With and excellent penalty taker in Pjanic off the field, Juve would have to put someone else into the lineup, but how Danilo managed to end up on the list second on the list, no less is still a mystery. Ronaldo was, as is his wont, held back for the fifth round. The first man on the list, Dybala, had been Juves primary penalty taker for years and still handles them when Ronaldo isnt on the field. Hes exactly the guy you want to start things off unfortunately he didnt have it on this night. His shot was to the right but about hip-high, and Meret guessed right for an easy parry. After Insigne rolled one in after Buffon twitched at the last minute, Danilo stepped up. Maybe he thought he wouldnt be shooting down 1-0, maybe he hadnt wanted to shoot at all and was given his marching orders when no one else volunteered. Something was obviously going through his mind, because he took a lot of time on a short run-up, and finally unleashed a shot that will probably require help from SpaceX in order to retrieve. Buffon guessed correctly on the next shot, but Politano put so much power on it that he couldnt keep it out despite getting hands to it, giving Napoli a commanding 2-0 lead. Bonucci finally got Juve on the board, getting one in off the bottom of the crossbar, but Maksimovic sent a powerful shot right up the middle with Buffon going to the shooters left. Ramsey kept things alive momentarily, but Milik ended proceedings when he stroked a shot in to the right as Buffon dove in the opposite direction, giving Napoli their third Coppa title in the last nine years and giving Sarri a lot of questions. LE PAGELLE GIANLUIGI BUFFON - 8.5. It wouldnt have even gotten to penalties had it not been for him. He generally kept the team in shape and made a bunch of great saves. That double at the end of the match was vintage Buffon. A 42-year-old keeper isnt supposed to be able to make those stops. Gigi saves. JUAN CUADRADO - 7. Perhaps the best outfield player on the field for Juve. Led the team with four key passes and also defended very well. He also contributed one of the few accurate crosses Juve put in all night long. Had a little less to give when he was shuttled forward, but that was probably because he was gassed and maybe a little banged up. MATTHIJS DE LIGT - 6.5. Led the team with three tackles and did a very good job limiting the danger of Napolis counterattack play in the games early phases. Hes settled back in nicely. LEONARDO BONUCCI - 7. Handled things well at the back and made a couple of good long passes that his teammates unfortunately werent able to do anything else with. Picked up Juves first penalty make with a strike that had very little margin of error. ALEX SANDRO - 6. Defended very well, leading the back line in tackles, interceptions, and clearances. His grade is dragged down by the fact that his crossing was abysmal, although he did put in a smart through ball to Dybala late. RODRIGO BENTANCUR - 5.5. Juve lost this game because the midfield couldnt get it done. Bentancur is usually the exception to that rule, but he wasnt his usual dynamic self on Wednesday. MIRALEM PJANIC - 5.5. Led the team with four interceptions but couldnt put his stamp on the game and didnt come up with any incisive passing. Hes not suited for the regista spot in this system. BLAISE MATUIDI - 5. A quiet day for the Frenchman, who looked uncharacteristically tired. Given the fact that he was one of the COVID-19 positives on the team, thats probably to be expected given the general physical condition of the players after this layoff. He was barely a factor. PAULO DYBALA - 5. I am astonished that Dybala, who was seemingly the hardest hit among Juves COVID-19 positives, has played 90 minutes in both games on the return. A lot of that probably has to do with the fact that Gonzalo Higuain is still laid up with a muscle injury, but if that continues to be a thing it may be time to look at the U-23 team and see who can make a few cameos, because he looked gassed Wednesday night. CRISTIANO RONALDO - 4.5. Apart from that first chance on the Callejon mistake in the fifth minute one that he probably should have put away he was man-marked out of existence by Koulibaly. DOUGLAS COSTA - 5. Shared the team lead in dribbles (Dybala and Cuadrado also had three) but didnt have enough space to use his talents effectively, and his energy started flagging later on. Photo by Daniele Badolato - Juventus FC/Juventus FC via Getty Images SUBS DANILO - 3. Deserves some plaudits for some good defensive efforts, but only completed 85 percent of his passes in 25 minutes ... and there was that penalty. FEDERICO BERNARDESCHI -3.5. This is partly unfair to him because he was shuttled from position to position really his Juve career in microcosm but the two most memorable images of him on the night were him throwing himself to the ground in the box when he could have kept possession and that god-awful dribble over the line to concede the late corner. AARON RAMSEY - NR. Didnt have much time to make an impact, but did hit his penalty. MANAGER ANALYSIS Maurizio Sarri isnt going to get out of many fans doghouse with this one. Why Danilo was taking a penalty, let alone in that spot on the list, is something that will probably never become public knowledge. Its a difficult decision to justify. It also brings some question to the decision to sub Pjanic off. While he wasnt playing particularly well, replacing him with an out-of-position Bernardeschi did little to help the midfield, and hes an excellent penalty taker in his own right who may have been able to keep the shootout closer shooting in Danilos spot. Its also worth taking a look at the way Sarri has been managing games. Constant high pressing has always been a hallmark of his game, but with his players fitness levels essentially being the equivalent of what you see at the first preseason friendly, it makes you wonder whether it wouldnt be a good idea for Sarri to be a little more selective when it comes to that press. In both of the games weve seen so far coming out of the suspension of play, Juve have come out of the gates hard and then faded before halftime. Sarris system demands a lot of energy at the best of times. The problem is, these players dont have that kind of energy yet. Not after such a long layoff. Sarri needs to find some kind of balance getting the players match fit and playing to earn maximum points. Thats far easier said than done, but hes got to do something, because the margin for error when Serie A resumes is razor thin, and losing points because the team fades at halftime isnt going to be acceptable. LOOKING AHEAD With the Coppa Italia over, Serie A is now next on the docket for the next six weeks. It starts on Monday with a trip to Bologna, then Lecce visits Turin on Friday.
Juventus vs. Napoli, Coppa Italia final: How to watch - Black & White & Read All Over
It could be a trophy day. Or, it could be a very frustrating day. Take your pick.
The two games Juventus has played against Napoli this season have been about as opposite of performances as one could think. The first one, a wild 4-3 win in Turin in the second week of the season, showed early signs of what Juventus could be like (if the defense didnt fall apart in the second half). The most recent one, a 2-1 loss at the San Paolo in January, showed the perfect recipe of how to beat Maurizio Sarris possession-oriented side. Tonight, with the Coppa Italia on the line, we get the rubber match. And with it comes the chance for Juventus to show us a little more than what we saw a few days back when things started out so well against Milan and then tapered off rather quickly. This will be one of Juventus toughest games over the course of the next month before the showdown with Lazio on July 20. This is, albeit very early on in the post-shutdown world we currently find ourselves in, a very good barometer for Sarri to see where his squad actually stands and what needs to happen to prevent a third ass kicking at the hand of Simone Inzaghi. Its clear which one of the two Coppa Italia finalists played the better game in their respective returns to the field last week. And I think we can all say that said team that played wasnt Juventus. Or, I should say, the team that had the complete game wasnt Juventus. Thats because Juve were good for the opening 20 minutes, but Napoli was good for a large portion of its 2-1 win over Inter. (Translation: Juve was good for a little bit, Napoli was good for a lot more than just that.) Sarri isnt expected to make major changes from the side that edged out Milan in Friday nights semifinal. There could be a Sami Khedira start here, maybe another couple of different names in the starting lineup, but other than that it should very much be the same kind of starting squad that ran out there a few days back. That could prove to be a good thing. Or, it could prove to be the thing that is the opposite of good and sees Juve fail to secure its first trophy of this jam-packed restart this summer. Well see what happens and hopefully have a little bit of fun along the way, too. MATCH INFO When: Wednesday, June 17, 2020 Where: Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy Official kickoff time: 9 p.m. local time in Italy and across Europe; 8 p.m. in the United Kingdom; 3 p.m. Eastern Time; 12 p.m. Pacific Time STARTING LINEUP Juventus starting XI (4-3-3): Buffon; Cuadrado, de Ligt, Bonucci, Alex Sandro; Bentancur, Pjanic, Matuidi; Dybala, Ronaldo, Douglas Costa Juventus bench: Szczesny, Pinsoglio, De Sciglio, Danilo, Rugani, Ramsey, Rabiot, Muratore, Bernardeschi, Olivieri, Vrioni, Zanimacchia Napoli starting XI (4-3-3): Meret; Di Lorenzo, Maksimovic, Koulibaly, Mario Rui; Fabian Ruiz, Demme, Zielinski; Callejon, Mertens, Insigne Napoli bench: Karnezis, Luperto, Hysaj, Ghoulam, Manolas, Allan, Elmas, Llorente, Lozano, Politano, Younes, Milik HOW TO WATCH Television: ESPN, ESPN Deportes, RAI Italia North America (United States); RAI Italia North America (Canada); BT Sport 2 (United Kingdom); RAI Uno (Italy) Online/mobile: ESPN+, WatchESPN, ESPN Deportes+ (United States); FloSports (Canada); BTSport.com, BT Sport app (United Kingdom); RAI Play (Italy) Other live viewing options can be found here, and as always, you can also follow along with us live and all the stupid things we say on Twitter. If you havent already, join the community on Black & White & Read All Over, and join in the discussion below.