It’s the last weekend of February, a month that saw us watching Juventus not losing a game but at the same time frustrating the hell out of us at the same time,
Results-wise, it’s not the kind of month where the alarm bells have rung and there’s panic because Juve are losing games left and right. They dropped points, and that can be seen as a bad thing considering the circumstances in which Juve traveled. Performance-wise, it’s more or less the same for Juventus despite having just signed one of the best young players Europe has to offer to lead the attack.
Perhaps tonight will end up being different, as Juve begin a week-long streak of encounters in Tuscany against Empoli. Or maybe it ends up looking more like what we’ve seen from Juve over the past two weeks, where one goal is enough for Max Allegri to fall back and try to pick up the three points. (Hint: it didn’t always work.)
But regardless of Allegri’s strategic orientation, Juventus absolutely must leave with three points. It’s not just that Atalanta have suddenly slipped and Juve can try to create a cushion between them and their nearest competitor for fourth place in the Serie A table. But maybe, just maybe , Juventus win this game against a clearly struggling Empoli side, reduce the deficit between them and the league leaders AC Milan at seven points and suddenly becomes the outside shot of Scudetto assertion now that the team at the top of the table is almost within reach.
It’s a lot of maybes – I get it.
But that’s all we can do at this stage considering how the last few weeks have been for Juventus. Maybe they score a few goals and win. Maybe they score a goal and get a win. Maybe they don’t win at all. I don’t know what to think anymore when it comes to this team just because when you think you’re starting to get the hang of it, they go off and do something that confuses you even more.
Or maybe it’s just me trying to think that the last five months have been different from each other.
I do not know. All I know for sure is that there is a Juve game tonight and hopefully it’s a welcome distraction from everything going on these days.
When: Sunday February 26, 2022.
Or: Stadio Carlo Castellani, Empoli, Italy.
Official kick-off time: 6:00 p.m. local time in Italy and throughout Europe, 5:00 p.m. in the UK, 12:00 p.m. Eastern time, 9:00 a.m. Pacific time.
HOW TO WATCH
Television: BT Sport 2 (UK).
Streaming: Paramount+ (United States); BTSport.com, BT Sport app (UK); DAZN (Italy).
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