Juventus 4-4-2 1: Szczesny 16 Cuadrado 19 Bonucci 3 Chiellini 13 Danilo 14 McKennie 5 Arthur 25 Rabiot 22 Chiesa 9 Morata 7 Ronaldo
Roma 3-5-2: 13 Pau Lopez 23 Mancini 3 Ibanez 24 Kumbulla 2 Karsdorp 14 Villar 4 Cristante 17 Veretout 37 Spinazzola 21 Mayoral 77 Mkhitaryan
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For the avoidance of doubt, after Ronaldo’s grimaces for the substitution against Inter, Andrea Pirlo makes a gift to the champion for his 36th birthday on Saturday, calling him a hero, even: “I knew the professional and the footballer but to see Cristiano coach everyone the days was a surprise – explains the Juventus coach -. He still has great passion and enjoys it, that’s the main thing when you get to 36. If you still have this desire and motivation it means that you are a hero ».
With 67 goals in two and a half leagues (80 games), Ronaldo seems to be growing again, as evidenced by the brace of San Siro against Inter in the semi-final of the Italian Cup which gave Juventus their fifth victory in a row after the blow on January 17: a slap, the one taken by Conte, which A favor has been revealed for Pirlo in the growth path of his team: «When he loses I get angry too and it is normal to touch certain keys. We talked after that defeat, it wasn’t us but luckily there was a final after three days. From there we started again, we wanted to raise the first trophy and winning it gave us awareness ».
Also beat Roma, surpassing it in the standings (with a match to recover), for Juve it would represent a further sign of maturity and continuity finally found: “But their football is among the best in Italy – Pirlo emphasizes – we will have to pay attention to their starts” . Yes, because the only data that sees the Juventus at the top of the rankings is that of ball possession in the opposing half of the field (15’49 ” on average): without rapid circulation, Madama sometimes struggles to shoot and risks being caught unprepared on the opponent’s counter-attack. Even in this respect, things seem to be improving, despite certain balances in the middle of the field still seem a bit fragile: for Rabiot, who replaces Bentancur disqualified, today is another examination in this sense.
Here Rome: Dzeko starts from the bench
It could have been his stadium. Edin Dzeko had not played the first match of this championship, in Verona, on 19 September 2020, because his transfer to Juventus (with Milik to Roma) seemed imminent. For this reason, even if the Giallorossi were unable to unlock the game, the Bosnian remained seated on the bench for 90 ‘. Given the Diawara case, which then cost the 0-3 at the table, even his presence would have been useless.
Dzeko, a group later, even went to the stands against Verona, the second match out of the squad after the fight with Fonseca at the end of the disaster in the Italian Cup against Spezia (elimination and case of six substitutions). Then, seeing that the repair market did not bring a new team for the Bosnian, the “bridges” of Trigoria got to work, who made Fonseca and Edin sign an armistice until June. On Saturday, however, Dzeko will start from the bench – unless there are sensational reversals that would deny the clear sentence of the dg Tiago Pinto: “The teams have rules to respect” – and he has certainly been degraded. As Fonseca announced on the eve, in the absence of the suspended Pellegrini, “the captain will be Cristante”. In case of need, however, Dzeko will be used because, as Fonseca says, «he trained wellAnd because the good of Rome counts more and more than the interests of individuals.
Borja Mayoral he scored three goals and provided an assist in his two league games against Spezia and Verona. His chance is played out to the fullest. “He doesn’t have to prove anything to me – said Fonseca -, I just care that he’s concentrated to play a good match.” As a former madridista he will find Cristiano Ronaldo, who remains the scarecrow of Roma without, as well as Pellegrini, even Smalling, Pedro and El Shaarawy. In the first leg, CR7 scored the two Juventus goals of the 2-2 final. Important detail: the second signed with Juventus in ten for the expulsion of Rabiot and under 1-2. It was a sensational opportunity for Roma, who in the big matches against Milan, Inter, Juve, Naples, Atalanta and Lazio won only 3 points out of 18 available.
“I want an ambitious Roma,” said Fonseca, the only Giallorossi coach to win at the Juventus Stadium, on August 1st, after a streak of 10 defeats in a row. After all, life is made up of sliding doors. In the Coppa Italia match against Spezia, at 2-2 and one minute from the end, Mayoral he devoured a very easy goal. Roma had scored would have qualified, Dzeko e Fonseca they would not have quarreled and Borja, having done his duty in the third seasonal event in order of importance, a few days later would be back on the bench to make the reserve for Dzeko.
February 6, 2021 (change February 6, 2021 | 07:13)
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