It's finally here. Juventus are back in action, as they travel to Porto in the first leg of the Champions League knockout stage. After a disappointing league match vs Napoli, the Old Lady look to continue their dominance vs Porto on Wednesday evening. As history has indicated Juventus usually comes out with a victory, in the Champions League after a loss in Serie A.
Here are four things to look out for, as to how this match might unfold:
1.) How will Juventus handle Porto's rock-solid backline? As was shown in the Group Stage, Porto's backline is rock solid and is very difficult to score on. Juventus will have to find a way to break them down. Using Chiesa and Kulusevski on the wings will open space, and create chances for Ronaldo and Morata to exploit Porto. They have to be patient as well as Porto will try to frustrate the Old Lady.
2.) Who will actor the midfield? With Arthur out for at least a month or more, Andrea Pirlo will have to find a way to plug in the midfield position. The best bet right now is Mckinnie. As was evident in the loss to Napoli the midfield was nonexistent. Maybe even switch Kulusevski as well in there.
3.) Give the kids a chance. Yes, it's a stretch but starting Fagioli would be something interesting. Yes, he showed in the Coppa Italia, but the Champions League and Serie A are totally different. But he has shown maturity and brings much-needed energy to the squad. Let's see how he will do on the big stage. Pirlo has shown this season, that he is not afraid to insert the young guns this season, unlike his predecessors Sarri and Max Allegri.
4.) No room for error. As Porto loves to defend and get teams on the counter, Juventus must make the most of their opportunities. Ronaldo and Morata who is the Champions League wonder kid must score early and often. The backline has to defend and keep another clean sheet heading to Turin.