Pre match: Crotone vs Juventus.
They will be missing Cristiano Ronalso who tested positive for Corona Virus while playing for Portugal vs Spain.
Such a global news story is likely to test the management skills of Juventus coach Andrea Pirlo.
Crotone have already conceded 10 goals in their three losses since returning to the top flight last month. Unlike fellow promoted side Benevento, they have been unable to build on their momentum by adding more quality to their team.
Even in Ronaldo's absence, Juve of course have a plethora of attacking talent in reserve - including exciting deadline day acquisition Federico Chiesa, from Fiorentina. Alvaro Moratta also acquired before the transfer market deadline is looking to make his mark in his second run with Juventus.
Pirlo, before the international break saw his new team awarded a win against Napoli, as the opposition never arrived due to observing the stringent quarantine restrictions in Naples. But as per league rules they had to play the game. Thats a discussion for another article.
Its a great opportunity for the young starts to take centre stage and to show Pirlo they belong in the starting lineup, when given the opportunity. The likes of Dejan Kulusevski, Rodrigo Betancur, and Weston McKennie have proven that they can play well when given the chance.
A period of voluntary isolation is being observed by the entire Juventus squad ahead of the match, to limit any further spread of infection. The consequences of these positive tests will perhaps be realised more when the Old Lady travel to Kiev to open their Champions League campaign next week than they will on