KEY PLAYERS: SAMPDORIA VS JUVENTUS

The highly congested January is about to end. Pirlo won his first trophy as a coach, Cristiano became the top scorer in the history of the game, Juve lost to Inter for the first time in more than 4 years, but its not all over for January as Juve would look to get another 3 points in their bid for 10th consecutive Serie A title. And as always we look in to the players that could influence the game on Saturday.


1. Matthijs De Ligt:

After missing out on some of the biggest games due to covid, the Dutch international was back in action last Sunday coming on late in the second half in the routine win against Bologna. He then partnered Merih Demiral in the heart of the defence on Wednesday as Juve kept a 3 consecutive cleansheet. On Saturday Matthijs is expected to start yet again against a tricky Sampdoria side who have won 3 of their last 5 games including a famous victory against Inter. The 1993 UCL finalists will be posing a threat to the Juve defense with the likes of Quagliarella and Balde, who scored against Inter earlier this month, and De Ligt ,regardless of with whom he is partnered, is expected to neutralize them and once again show he is among the best CBs in Europe right now.

2. Adrien Rabiot:

After some ups and downs in form, Rabiot had one of his best outings for Juve on Wednesday against Spal. In the back of that performance and Bentancur's slight injury, the France international is expected to get back to the starting 11 alongside Mckennie and Arthur. His physique and dribbles are always bound to create problems for the opposition defenders and midfielders. Other than that, one of the greatest improvements Juve made under Pirlo is their ability to defend on dead balls and Rabiot could be vital in that aspect as he has a good aerial ability.

3. Fede Chiesa:

Paratici may always be at the end of criticisms every now and then, but all his additions in the summer were something he shall boost about saying " I have done it". And at the top of the success list is Enrico Chiesa's son Fede who did another Baggio with his transfer away from Fiorentina to Juve. His pace and dribble accompanied with his finishing ability has seen him regarded as one of the best players in the Turin outfit. Claudio Ranieri will surely be having sleepless nights all over the week as he is playing Juve, and Chiesa's presence won't help either. Ranieri most likely will use a 4-2-3-1 and Chiesa's presence on the wing will help drag one of the CMs out of position which will imbalance the midfield of Sampdoria and give Juve an edge in the middle.



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