Juventus Turin and Napoli, who share the fourth position and experience opposite moments, will face each other this Wednesday at the Allianz Stadium in Turin in a direct clash that could be decisive in the fight for a place in the next Champions League.
The inertia is all in favor of Naples, which arrives in Turin after four consecutive victories and determined to sink even more its historical rival, a Juventus that was left out of the Champions League in the round of 16, which is twelve points behind lead and is forced to fight to avoid being left out of the next continental cup.
Andrea Pirlo’s men share the fourth position with Napoli and, if they did not manage to enter the top four of the table, they would close a historic debacle.
The “bianconeri” have not won for two games in Serie A, as they lost 0-1 against Benevento and did not pass 2-2 in the derby against Torino. In addition, Pirlo will not be able to count on Leonardo Bonucci, Federico Bernardeschi or the Turkish Merih Demiral, all positive for coronavirus.
Of course, Pirlo reinstated the Argentine Paulo Dybala, the Brazilian Arthur Melo and the American Weston McKennie, punished with exclusion from the last league duel for organizing an illegal dinner last week and violating anti-coronavirus rules.
It will be up to the Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo, who on Saturday avoided defeat against Torino, try to change the negative dynamics in which Juventus found, lacking in game, confidence and, above all, results. The Portuguese, whose future remains in the air despite having a contract until 2022, is the top scorer in Serie A, with 24 goals. The second best scorer is Belgian Romelu Lukaku, from Inter Milan, who has twenty.
Up front, the Turin team will face Napoli in great shape, which has an extremely exciting challenge ahead of it. Winning in Turin would allow him to take a big step towards the next Champions League and, in addition, leave his eternal rival touched.
Those of Gennaro Gattuso, who does have an excellent friendship with Pirlo, with whom he was teammates at Milan and the Italian national team, recovered many leaders from their injuries in recent weeks and their results have grown significantly.
The “azzurro” side has an open streak of four victories in a row, against Bologna, Milan, Rome and Crotone, and attacked the fourth position last Saturday. In addition, Gattuso’s men were already able to defeat Juventus in the previous league match played this year.
In that case, at the Diego Maradona stadium in Naples, a penalty goal from Lorenzo Insigne was decisive for the final 1-0. The Mexican Hirving Lozano, a Neapolitan winger, will also have a leading role in a stadium where he has already scored a goal. It was last season, when he made his debut at Allianz Stadium and scored a goal in the 3-4 defeat suffered by his team.