Its been almost 3 years since the Black&White's won the Coppa Italia crown, with their very last appearance in the competition ending with a penalty shootout loss against Napoli in the final. This year Juve overcame Genoa in the last round of the competition after debutant Hamza Rafia scored in the extra time to set up the Quarter Final clash against Serie B minnows Spal. Below we will be discussing on the Key players that can ease work for Pirlo in seeing off the Serie B side.
1. Aaron Ramsey:
After the defeat against Inter earlier this month, it seems as if Pirlo has preferred a midfield 3 of Mckennie, Arthur and Bentancur. This in turn has made playing time difficult for Ramsey who was only introduced late in the second half against Bologna in the weekend. With games coming thick and fast, Pirlo is expected to shuffle his players in some departments which will give the Welshman a starting berth. Ramsey could play in behind the striking pairs Pirlo could choose covering both the AM(in possession) and LM(out of possession) roles. He is expected to provide fresh energy in the opponents half alongside creating chances which he is considered to be best at.
2. Matthijs De Ligt:
It would be no exaggeration to say the Dutch man was highly missed by Juve in his absence due to Covid-19. After the highly anticipated game against Milan, Matthijs was forced to isolate after he tested positive for the ever-harming virus forcing him to miss out on several key games including the defeat against Inter. Now that he is back De Ligt is expected to partner Merih Demiral in the defense. Alongside Demiral, he is expected to silence any attacking threat from Spal as Juve look to avoid another 120 min after their defensive mistakes and loss of concentration helped Genoa to comeback from 2 goals down. Other than this it could be yet another chance for the Bianconeri fans to watch the defensive duo which could well become their next defensive partnership in the years to come.
3. Dejan Kulusevski:
After a long spell on the bench, it now seems Kulusevski is becoming an integral part of Pirlo's squad as he racking up minutes lately. And on Wednesday this is expected to continue as he most likely will partner Alvaro Morata in his new role as a second striker. The Swede's quality in one-on-one duels and his pace in the break will surely be important on Wednesday. Dejan already has a goal and an assist to his name in the competition so far after his brilliant outing against Genoa. Pirlo will hope Kulusevski will bring back that performance as he will set an eye on a semi-final clash against either of the Milan sides.
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