There isn’t a higher pleasure available in Serie A than defeating Juventus. Inflicting ache on a facet that’s relentless of their quest for victories, nearly robotic of their method is a feat few have loved in current seasons. Nevertheless, no workforce within the league, not Inter nor Roma despise Juve fairly like Fiorentina. Within the phrases of Viola legend Giancarlo Antognoni, “For Florence it is THE Recreation, with a capital G.”
For the Bianconeri, it’s a match like another, one to be performed with maturity and professionalism in hopes of incomes all three factors earlier than they’ll begin making ready for his or her Recreation, with a capital G, the Champions League in opposition to Tottenham Hotspur.
Reaching one other Scudetto is an goal for the Bianconeri however European success is all Juve dream about and beating Spurs will take them one step nearer to a different European last, one they hope they’ll truly win in some unspecified time in the future. With a number of key gamers lacking together with Paulo Dybala and Blaise Matuidi, Juve realise that Fiorentina and their starvation for fulfillment will exhaust them on Friday night they usually’re eager to keep away from expending an excessive amount of bodily and psychological vitality at this level of the season, particularly with so many essential matches arising.
Whereas Juventus boast a squad full of high quality and expertise that may trigger the Viola critical issues, the house facet pays particular consideration to Federico Bernardeschi, nearly the one match winger accessible to Massimiliano Allegri, though Douglas Costa can even make the journey to Florence. A former Fiorentina participant who learnt his commerce within the stunning metropolis, the followers despise the “traitor” who put private ambition forward of idealism and loyalty.
Bernardeschi remains to be integrating inside this Juve facet however has already proven glimpses of the audacious expertise he possesses. Gritting his tooth within the Bianconeri’s final match in opposition to Sassuolo, he delivered a number of key passes, two assists and accuracy in his lengthy and thru balls. He’s prone to silly errors however in time, Allegri will assist him minimise these and spherical out his sport. Bernardeschi must play with somewhat extra continuity to stay as much as his potential, one thing he’ll now be granted contemplating the accidents throughout the workforce.
Whereas Allegri will look to him in addition to Gonzalo Higuain, who’s in a wealthy vein of type, Fiorentina have their very own secret weapon and a expertise they hope can dampen Juve’s hope of yet one more trophy on the finish of the season, Federico Chiesa. The participant is likely one of the few within the league who can change the face of the sport together with his motion, approach and great work ethic. A teenager who represents the way forward for the Italy nationwide workforce, he realises a aim in opposition to Juventus will without end assure the love and loyalty of the Viola followers but additionally deliver with it much more consideration because the participant develops.
Nevertheless, Chiesa will not be the one man to observe for Fiorentina, as Juve followers additionally realized final season sure Giovanni Simeone is relatively able to punishing their errors. The participant scored a brace for Genoa in opposition to the Bianconeri final season and shall be trying to repeat such a efficiency to endear himself additional to town.
It is a sport wherein feelings are to be anticipated however Juventus usually tend to stay composed. Fiorentina will try to frustrate and provoke them however Juve should ignore the environment and the ambiance and focus on what they do finest, taking part in a rational sport.
The percentages are stacked of their favour. A facet that has amazingly solely conceded simply as soon as of their final 15 matches, the Outdated Woman is again to being an impenetrable facet. In truth, in line with Opta, they’ve solely conceded 52 pictures on course, a the very best mark in Europe’s prime 5 leagues. Defensively sound and again to being a fortress, Juve are additionally they highest scoring workforce within the league and that’s regardless of Dybala and Cuadrado’s accidents, Higuain’s dry spells and the mixing of Juve’s two new wingers.
Such continued success is probably the rationale why Fiorentina boss Stefano Pioli rightly mentioned, “[Max] Allegri, together with [Carlo] Ancelotti is the very best Italian Coach by a good distance.” By a good distance certainly. Pioli himself, a superb tactician and a former Bianconero, has remarkably by no means managed to win in opposition to Juventus as a coach. On Friday night, with the assist of the house followers, he hopes he can lastly beat Juve however it will not be simple.
Set to play in a Four-Three-Three formation with Claudio Marchisio instead of Blaise Matuidi and Bernardeschi alongside Higuain and Mario Mandzukic in an attacking trio, Juve shall be hoping they’ll proceed their glorious type to make sure they’ve all the boldness on the earth for his or her European combat on Tuesday night.
Mina Rzouki covers Juventus and the Italian nationwide workforce for ESPN FC. Observe her on Twitter: @Minarzouki.