4 storylines to watch out for: Juventus vs Ac Milan
The much-anticipated match in round 2 vs Ac Milan is upon us, as Juventus faces their bitter cross-town rivals, with a Champions spot on the line.
Here are 4 storylines to watch out for as to how this match might unfold.
1) The return of Mario the Magnificent. Former Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic returns to face his former team in what will be an emotional return. Mandzukic who has been injured most of the season will make his debut Sunday. Although it will be emotional for Juventus to face their former teammate, once the pleasantries end, their goal on hand is to defeat Milan and to get caught up in the moment.
2) Pirlo watch continues. With each match, Juventus plays as the season closes, and with a Top four Champions League spot on the line, Andrea Pirlo's Coaching carousel continues. Multiple rumors are that if Juventus falls out of the Champions League spot Pirlo will be fired. So qualifying is the key at this point at all costs. But there is a lot of uncertainty as well for next year.
3.) Ronaldo can't be doing everything himself. As have been the theme this year Juventus has had no plan in matches and just wait for Ronaldo to rescue them as was the case last year. There is no strategy and direction on the pitch. Playing half the match out of touch, and then deciding to play up to their potential in the last ten minutes is not the Juve way of old. In a season of injuries and players not playing to their potential, this has been the theme this year. But let's see how the Old Lady finishes up these last few games and what happens in the summer transfer market.
4) Chiesa Chiesa Chiesa. When Freddie Church plays it seems Juventus just plays better. His determination and hard work prop up the team to push forward fast and furious. More of Chiesa rest of the season is key