Juventus vs Manchester Utd (By: Stanioooo)
Juventus will host Manchester United in the 4th round of CL at Allianz Stadium.
Juventus and Manchester United are in one group with Valencia and Young Boys and everything about the first place looks already decided. It was expected even before the start of this group they will finish in 1st place, but infact they can guarantee it for sure tonight.
Juventus are with max points(9) and still without a conceded goal- 6:0 goal difference. In the last round they beat United as visitors 0:1 being the better and more dangerous team. Dybala was the man who scored during the first half and then Allegri decided to play much more defensively(2nd half), absolutely typical for Juve when they play against another strong opponent. They often do it in Serie A against the other classy teams like Napoli, Inter and so on.. Well, Mourinho made the best statement after the end of the match, that Chiellini and Bonucci are players, who can go to Harvard University and give classes to the students how to become an excellent central defender. Infact the front line of United(Rashford,Marcial+ Lukaku= 67 years old)- they are almost with the same age as the central defenders of Juve(Chiellini+Bonucci=65 years old), so that was the best expamle of how experience can win you an important game in CL.
Good news for Juventus is that Mario Mandzukic is already fine and it's a coach decision if he will start from the first minute or as substitution and the front line will be the same as in Manchester(Dybala-Ronaldo-Cuadrado). Matuidi is doubtful for this game and can be rested, but still Allegri has options with Bentancur, Pjanic and Khedira. Of course, we can see even something different from Allegri as it happened against Young Boys at home and Juve to play with much more attacking formation, something like 3-4-3 with Sandro and Cuadrado on flangs+ Pjanic and Bentancur in midfield and Ronaldo-Dybala and Mandzukic in forward positions. We will see what formation and starting line-up will decide for this game. Can, Costa, Bernardeschi, Spinazzola and Kean are out for sure.
Manchester United are with 1 win, 1 draw and 1 loss(4 points) and even a loss in this game will not be so frightening for them about finishing in the 2nd place. Valencia are with 2 points, while Young Boys with only 1, so when we know they have direct matches with them, Mou can be a little bit more relaxed in case of losing in Italy. Valencia are totally out of form, while Young Boys are absolutely unexperienced team for this competition and that's obvious. United perform too weak in the Premier League being in the 7th place in the table. Mourinho can not be sure about his job in the club if the negative results continue and this week's schedule of the club is looking really frightening- two visits to Juventus and Manchester City. It would happen a miracle United to take more than a point in both games. Two losses are the most expected results, when they have to visit one of the most in-form teams in Europe right now.
Lukaku is out of the team for this game, together with Dalot, while Valencia and Fellaini and back in the group, but with really small chances to start from the first minute. It's not clear what will be the front line of United. Options are Marcial-Rashford-Sanchez or Mata to start instead of Sanchez, who is really not in form right now.
Both teams have good players, but how can I compare the form of the clubs and also the situation, when everything looks calmed, balanced and even perfect in Juve with Allegri, while the players of United are not playing like a team right now, they make so many mistakes and even the last teams in Premier League score them goal/s and take them points. Some of the players lost their belief in Mourinho for sure and inwardly want a change, other maybe think about transters in other clubs if Mou continues his work in Manchester..I mean Sanchez, Pogba, even Herrera, who doesn't play too often. It's obvious the situation in the club is not the best one, especially when the team is in the 7th place in the domestic league and playing poor in CL against Valencia and Juve.
Mourinho has ehough experience in this tournament, he knows how to prepare his team for this competition matches, but still the difference in their currect form is too big. Allegri is a clever coach, personally for me he is better than Mourinho right now and with Ronaldo in his squad, Juve can reach too far in this year's CL. If you say this match is not required or even not important for Juve, that's not true. A win in this game will qualify Juve in the next phase of CL even theoretically in the 1st place. I am sure Allegri and Ronaldo will want the top spot with max points(18) and they are capable of doing it. I can't go against Allegri and Juve right now. They are totally different team, when it's time for a CL game and the stats speak a lot. Still without a conceded goal, max points and a lot of variety in the squad. Will pick Juve to win this game for sure!
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