The fans hope of seeing an attacking trio in play in their Champions League fixture on Tuesday against Bayern Leverkusen seems to have been dashed as Mauricho Sarri’s squad to face the German side have only Ronaldo and Higuan forward in goal.
“we are not yet ready enough for this.” The Juve boss had said in his press conference as reported by Goal and many fans have watered this down to reasons of Bayern Leverkusen being a tough German side with an incredible form.
This however should not be enough to shake the Italian giants with the amazingly rich squad presented by its boss to take on the Tuesday night match.
Szczesny will be starting in goal while Cuadrado will be filling in as a solution to the right back problem caused by injuries. Alex Sandro takes on the left back position while the not so strong Bonucci and De Ligt will take on the major role of keeping the defense together in their pairing in the centre.
Sarri’s midfield diamond formation makes it look like a battle he is not willing to take risks on. In an obvious bid to stifle the German side’s attempt at play, Matuidi and Khedira will be the workhorses for Juventus, covering as much space as they should be. Pjanic will be at the base of the diamond pulling the strings as the deep lying playmaker while Ramsey
will play behind Ronaldo and Higuain, providing support both to the forward and the centre field.
Gonzalo Higuain and Cristiano Ronaldo will be forward in the opponents box trying to cause an upset and seal a win for their side. They will have to form a strike partnership for Juventus, seeing the return of Paulo Dybala on the bench, a move which has left fans surprised on why the Juve boss has decided not to use his attacking trio in an important game such as the Champions League.
Tonight’s match will make it the third time Juventus is playing Bayern Leverkusen, the Italian side winning each time. It doesn’t change the fact that Juventus has been without victory in their last four matches against German teams in the Champions League making it their joint longest such run in the competition.
Bayern Leverkusen on another hand only have two wins in 10 Champions League encounters with Italian opposition and they have also not won in five away games against Serie A opponents.
This makes the German side not so much of a threat to Juve’s chances of taking the win tonight at the Allianz Stadium but one can always expect an upset.