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Match Preview: Juventus v Lazio Summerslam Main Event

August 6, 2015 - 8:43 pm


Juventus v Lazio

SuperCoppa Italian –  Saturday, 8th August – 14:00 GMT – Shanghai Stadium



Juventus officially opens the 2015/2016 squaring off against Lazio in Shanghai with the Supercoppa on the line. It’s a rematch from the Coppa Italia final, where Allegri’s side triumphed thanks to an extra-time goal by Alessandro Matri. Juventus have owned Lazio last season with three victories in three matches, but it’s clear that the roster is much different now after the departures of Carlos Tevez, Arturo Vidal and Andrea Pirlo and the subsequent arrivals of Paulo Dybala, Mario Mandzukic, Sami Khedira and Simone Zaza (and a couple more in the making).

Obviously, Juventus will struggle a little bit at the beginning of the season: Tevez, Vidal and Pirlo were not only formidable players, but also the main reference points on the pitch. Juventus will have to look for new leaders, but ultimately things will be fine if the newcomers emerge as expected, because the talent is there. The Supercoppa is a first important test to understand where the squad is at in this transition from the old regime to the new one.

The recent injuries leave Allegri with little choice: Juventus will be without Giorgio Chiellini, Sami Khedira and Alvaro Morata, while Andrea Barzagli have quickly recovered from a thigh strain and his availability is going to be a game-time decision. It is probably wise not to rush his comeback as Juventus have the men to make up for his absence and Supercoppa is not that important in the big scheme of things. Surely, it’s always nice to lift a trophy, but nobody will remember it in two months.

Paulo Dybala suddenly becomes a lock to start upfront, alongside Mario Mandzukic, and Daniele Rugani has a solid chance to be in the XI too. On paper, Dybala-Mandzukic is a couple that should work wonders as it combines the unpredictability, the pace and the playmaking ability of the former Palermo ace with the strong presence in the box and the work rate of the Croatian centre-forward.

As always, Allegri can go in two directions: 4-3-1-2 or 3-5-2. In the first one, Roberto Pereyra would play in the hole, Stefano Sturaro in the midfield. The downside is that there would be only one more midfielder available on the bench, Simone Padoin. With the second option, the doubt would be between Pereyra and Sturaro in the midfield and Allegri would be left with no other CB than a hobbled Barzagli.

It’s worth nothing that Pereyra has only a game in his legs after the delayed return because of the Copa America, so he might not be at the same condition level of the others, and Caceres hasn’t fully taken part to the training sessions from the get-go because of last season’s injury. The battle between Barzagli, Caceres and Rugani is fascinating as it will show what the coach thinks of the young defender and if he trusts him already.

Probable lineup:

4-3-1-2: Buffon; Lichtsteiner, Caceres, Bonucci, Evra; Sturaro, Marchisio, Pogba; Pereyra; Dybala, Mandzukic.


Chiellini (thigh), Morata (calf), Khedira (thigh).



Lazio have had a difficult pre-season as they have lost Vicenza, Anderlecht, Sigma Olomuc and Mainz, but in the end, friendlies mean little. They have let go two veterans: Stefano Mauri, who was a big contributor last season with nine Serie A goals, and Cristian Ledesma, a locker room leader even though he was not a regular anymore. However, and more importantly, they have retained the whole young(ish) core: Stefan De Vrij, Lucas Biglia, Balde Keita, Antonio Candreva and Felipe Anderson. Often continuity is better than nailing a bunch of expensive signings and I’m curious to see what kind of season they’ll have.

In a smaller proportion, they are replicating Juventus’ strategy by parting ways with important but older players and replacing them with prospects like Riccardo Kishna, Ravel Morrison, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Wesley Hoedt and Patric. Interesting purchases that maybe don’t warm the hearts of their fans, who were demanding big acquisitions to try to retain last year’s surprising third place, but the plan should pay off on the long run.

Even though 4-2-3-1 with a dreamy Candreva-Anderson-Keita line behind the striker will probably be Stefano Pioli’s favorite lineup throughout the season, he should opt for a more defensive solution in this one. Last year, when facing Juventus, the coach has chosen 4-3-3 twice and 3-4-3 in Coppa Italia, where they fared surprisingly well.

Pioli would probably prefer 3-4-3 if he had the whole roster at his disposal, however he’s facing some lineup issues on his own. The two key pieces Marco Parolo and Senad Lulic are suspended and the two defensive cornerstones De Vrij and Stefan Radu have barely played this summer because of injuries, even if both should be available. The absence of Lulic is particularly heavy as he’s the only one who can efficiently play as LWB, considering that Radu is barely a left-back.

Despite the paucity of midfielders, Pioli’s pick should be 4-3-3 with the standout youngster Danilo Cataldi and the unlikely hero of the Napoli game Ogenyi Onazi flaking the newly appointed captain Lucas Biglia. The only alternative would be Ravel Morrison, but he’s been slowed down by an ankle injury and he isn’t very familiar with the box-to-box role. Santiago Gentiletti and De Vrij should be the centre-back pair. Filip Djordjevic has been dealing with a bruised foot recently so the everlasting Miroslav Klose is the frontrunner to start.

Lazio was the second best attack in Serie A last season, with 71 goals, trailing only to Juventus (72). Their combination of speed, dribbling skills on the wings and cuts by midfielders is hard to contain. It surely helps Juve that Parolo and Lulic, who add another dimension to their tactics, are out, but Lazio has made great strides and it is a legit top-tier team.

Probable lineup:

4-3-3: Marchetti; Basta, Gentiletti, De Vrij, Radu; Onazi, Biglia, Cataldi; Candreva, Klose, Felipe Anderson.


Parolo, Lulic.





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    adp1974 August 7, 2015 at 12:33 am

    Is Goetze coming or not?

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      BelgianJuventino August 7, 2015 at 6:09 am


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        adp1974 August 7, 2015 at 12:01 pm

        He’ll come … There’s no way we start the season selling Vidal and don’t replace him with something … Sorry, but Peyrera doesnt cut it.

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          BelgianJuventino August 7, 2015 at 12:06 pm

          I don’t think he will, not saying nobody will come, but I doubt it will be Gotze. Agreed that Pereyra isn’t a fitting trequartista

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            KPS235 August 7, 2015 at 3:06 pm

            so we end up with some1 like Vasquez from palermo

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            BelgianJuventino August 7, 2015 at 7:37 pm

            Not a bad player though, but Lets hope not. Maybe Gündogan would be a realistic signing, saw us getting linked to him recently

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      KPS235 August 7, 2015 at 6:47 am

      ask his girlfriend

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        DutchJuve August 7, 2015 at 11:11 pm

        Or his affair.

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      Moderator August 7, 2015 at 7:59 am

      his agent said ‘anything can happen’

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      DutchJuve August 7, 2015 at 11:12 pm

      We don’t need Gotze, he’s shit. He won’t fill the gap.

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    BelgianJuventino August 7, 2015 at 6:10 am

    Hope to win this one, adding trophies to the cabinet is always nice. It would also be a good statement to the rest of the league, showing we’re still champions even without our leaders

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    BelgianJuventino August 7, 2015 at 6:16 am

    As it seems now with Siqueira becoming the new LB, lets hope we can sell the unwanted players and maybe still get someone creative. Llorente, De Ceglie, Isla and Padoin just aren’t needed anymore, they have to go asap. Is PDC still with us actually or did his contract expire? Haven’t heard anything about him

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      KPS235 August 7, 2015 at 6:46 am

      send all 4 to wolfsburg, add 37m plus 3m on bonuses, get DE BRUYNE and give him 6m a year . this would save us 2m a year on wages.

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        BelgianJuventino August 7, 2015 at 9:07 am

        I doubt they want all 4 though XD
        great plan, send this to Juve! 😛

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      adp1974 August 7, 2015 at 12:03 pm

      I have no idea why those 4 are even still training with us …

      Deceglie is an abomination , he stinks … Isla is old news and couldn’t cut it here .. Llorente is an after thought and Padoin should be banished to the Somali Elite League …

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        BelgianJuventino August 7, 2015 at 12:05 pm

        Well yeah thats why we need these guys to move on, at this point they drag us down and thats it

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        DutchJuve August 7, 2015 at 11:10 pm

        Turns out Allegri is a big follower of the Somali Elite League. He will buy anyone who plays well there, so expect Padoin to be back within a year.

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      JuventusVidal August 8, 2015 at 1:03 am

      i doubt padoin is gonna leave just because the guy is content with sitting on the bench and he can play both full back positions, and anywhere in midfield as well. the others really need to be sold. what confuses me though is that despite selling vidal, it seems we don’t have money to get a good cam.

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        BelgianJuventino August 8, 2015 at 6:23 am

        He doesn’t add value to this team imo and should be sold. With Siqueira added we have Evra, Siqueira and Asamoah as possible LB’s and on the other side we have Lichtsteiner, Caceres and if need be, Pereyra. Padoin has been here long enough as it is xD

        I don’t think there’s a lack of funds, just a lack of willing to splurge it on the current targets. We did spend a lot already, can’t continue to buy 40mill rated players. They are looking for talent who is going to arrive on a sweet deal, like Draxler for 15mill

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    DutchJuve August 7, 2015 at 11:13 pm

    So, Italian Supercup in China. 2 pm for europe, for Italy, it’s meant to be played in the evening in Italy, but fuck that making money is more important than pleasing fans. Won’t be able to watch now, for North America it’s on saturday morning. Early morning.

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      BelgianJuventino August 8, 2015 at 5:57 am

      What, 2pm? Fuck me, I thought I’d be seeing the new Juve in some real action at last tonight

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      Bianconeri_Archer_PH August 8, 2015 at 7:47 am

      fortunately at my side of the world, its just in time for dinner!

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        DutchJuve August 8, 2015 at 2:10 pm

        Same timezone as China?

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    DutchJuve August 7, 2015 at 11:38 pm

    I think we can all agree that this looks pretty cool.

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      BelgianJuventino August 8, 2015 at 5:56 am

      It certainly does!

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        Moderator August 8, 2015 at 8:11 am

        i wasn’t overly happy at the choice. Feels a bit temporary, considering he’s likely to leave soon enough. I thought it would be better to not allocate it for a season until we have a proper 10 or someone who is going to be staying a while at least

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          adp1974 August 8, 2015 at 10:20 am

          Who says he isn’t gonna stay?

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            DutchJuve August 8, 2015 at 2:08 pm

            Exactly. He hasnt made any serious plans to leave this summer. He always claimed to be happy in Turin. For all we know he might just stick around for another couple of years.

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          BelgianJuventino August 8, 2015 at 11:32 am

          If anyone, Pogba isnt a bad choice imo, all he lacks to be a trequartista is the vision perhaps. Apparently he asked for it specifically, I think he isnt going to leave after all. Its also a sign to everyone that we have no intention to sell, I hope it works out!

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    Thomas Mafa Jan August 8, 2015 at 6:50 am

    Helllooooo everyone!
    After my extended vacation im temporarily back home for the month before moving to Italy for the next 6 months.
    have onlly been able to see the Marsaille game -which tore a hole in my heart- but feel that it is not time to view the game today with no judgement.
    yes we have injuries
    yes we have little new players
    yes we are missing some key players from last season
    no we are not any worse than last year when it comes to kicking other italians’ asses.

    Pogba n.10? Fuck yeah
    Vidal gone? we have Pereyra
    defense injured? We have Caceres

    and if thats not enough….
    ^this guy has, from what ive seen, been on fire during the friendlies! what a guy

    OFF: i would like to see Gotze -despite the price-, always been a fan
    Less impressed by Draxler.
    If we get Guarin im done

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    BelgianJuventino August 8, 2015 at 11:17 am

    Coman is starting instead of Dybala!

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    JuveKSA August 8, 2015 at 11:55 am

    Also, very excited to see number 10 and 11 on the field again, after it was rarely seen last season.

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      BelgianJuventino August 8, 2015 at 12:20 pm

      Thats what you get when you give a bad LB the 11 xp

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    Thomas Mafa Jan August 8, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    any italian links?

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    JuventusBuffon August 8, 2015 at 1:10 pm

    Mandzukic just missed that…

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    JuventusBuffon August 8, 2015 at 1:31 pm


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    Luca Moleta August 8, 2015 at 1:34 pm


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    JuventusBuffon August 8, 2015 at 1:36 pm


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    DutchJuve August 8, 2015 at 2:03 pm

    Watched the highlights. What a goal by Dybala. Marchetti didnt even notice it was in already. Mandzukic goal was nice too, one i hope we see alot this season. Was the assist from Sturaro? And Mandzukic should have finished his one on one.

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      KPS235 August 8, 2015 at 2:55 pm

      yes Sturaro with assist, it was great cross from right side, anyway Pogba was quite poor, lost a lot of balls, but i saw only 2nd half. and yes, what a shot by Dybala, wow

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        DutchJuve August 8, 2015 at 3:42 pm

        My livescore app said it was Lichtsteiner with the assist. Watching the highlghts it was obvious that was not Lichtsteiner. And Lichtsteiner was in the box. It was a very good cross.
        I saw one shot from Pogba which was pretty close. He needs to learn to look around him more i think. He’s been losing way too many balls since last season.

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        B1anconer0 August 8, 2015 at 5:49 pm

        Pogba poor? He was the best player on the pitch imo

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          KPS235 August 8, 2015 at 6:03 pm

          Like i wrote, i ve seen just 2nd half

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    JuventusBuffon August 8, 2015 at 2:09 pm

    Lol Gigi got 2 medals

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      DutchJuve August 8, 2015 at 2:11 pm

      And the women next to the Chinese Blatter got a hug from him xD

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        JuveKSA August 8, 2015 at 2:12 pm

        Chinese Blatter XD xD xD dead

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        JuventusBuffon August 8, 2015 at 2:17 pm


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    JuveKSA August 8, 2015 at 2:20 pm

    Also, the talent on Lazio’s hands are scary (Ravel Morrison, Kishna, and Felipe Anderson), come the end of the season; they might be something to amazing to watch.

    And just noticed they only have 4 Italians on their roster 😐

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      DutchJuve August 8, 2015 at 3:36 pm

      If Italy wants to compete with the moneywhoring foreign buying clubs, they have to lessen on the Italians. Except for us. Although we are playing more foreigners too these days.

      I like that you mentioned Kishna. He only came over from the Eredivisie this summer. I didn’t watch the match, but it seems he did well?

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        KPS235 August 8, 2015 at 6:02 pm

        Kishna is maybe talented player but nothing special today

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    Moderator August 8, 2015 at 5:45 pm

    So happy with Mandzukic and Dybala. Great debuts, Pogba really proved me wrong. Stepped up in a big way.

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      KPS235 August 8, 2015 at 6:00 pm

      Pogba?!? I saw 2nd half and he was terrible, lost too many balls, his passing was ehm – disaster, selfish,overall he was terible, but i was really surprised with mario, played great,plus dybala – stunning

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        DutchJuve August 9, 2015 at 2:28 pm

        Seems it’s just you that thinks Pogba played bad lol.

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          KPS235 August 10, 2015 at 6:53 pm

          Cos i was not impressed with his performance,i simply want to see a lot more from him cos i know he can do much better but overall it is not important, we won and this is most imoortant

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    JuventusBuffon August 9, 2015 at 4:23 am

    Funny this thread is called “Summerslam main event”, cuz this was an absolute beat down.