Juventus – Roma
Before focusing entirely on the Champions League and the second 1/8-finals game against Olympique Lyonnais, Juventus have to finish their Serie A season. On Saturday the champions will face Roma at their Allianz Stadium.
Some might say that Juventus didn’t shine that much during this season, but they still found a way to win their 9th consecutive Serie A title. Maurizio Sarri’s team lost six times this season and it is a bit worrying, but at the end the Bianconeri triumphed with the Scudetto again.
In the previous round Sarri made a lot of rotations in his line-up and it led to a 0-2 defeat during the visit to Cagliari. Cristiano Ronaldo started the game as he was motivated to win the Golden Boot, but Juve didn’t score any goals in that game.
Many backup players got a chance to play against Cagliari few days ago. Buffon, Rugani, Muratore, Higuain, Peeters, Zanimacchia and Olivieri all graced the pitch at the Sardegna Arena. They might get another chance on Saturday as well.
Roma will finish 5th in the Serie A standings, no matter what happens in Turin on Saturday. It was Paulo Fonseca’s debut season as a manager and he didn’t reach his main goal – a place in Top 4 and a Champions League qualification. If he remains manager of the club, he would try again next time.
Roma won four of their last five matches in the Serie A. In the previous round the Wolves faced Torino away from home and won the game with 3-2. Edin Dzeko, Chris Smalling and Amadou Diawara scored for the three points.
That’s our preview of the Serie A fixture between Juventus and Roma on Saturday. Be careful with this game because it’s not impossible to see Maurizio Sarri doing some rotations again. This could increase Roma’s chances of winning.