It’s a case of last versus first as relegation candidates Pescara take on league leaders Juventus on Saturday afternoon.
The Bianconeri come into this game flying high after an impressive 3-0 rout of Barcelona in the Champions League midweek. It was a brilliant tactical masterstroke of Massimiliano Allegri, especially considering that the Blaugrana had beaten Juventus 3-1 in their last meeting during the 2015 Champions League final.
Although the Bianconeri are ever so close to a semi-finals spot, Allegri knows that if anyone can overturn a result, it’s Barcelona. The Italian simply needs to look at the rather unfortunate case of PSG, who won the first leg 4-0 but were dumped out after losing the second leg 6-1 as the Blaugrana pulled off the seemingly impossible. Juventus, of course, have a much stronger defense than PSG, but it still will give him plenty to consider when preparing for this game.
And with Barcelona again getting to play the second leg at Camp Nou – where things generally go in their favor – Juventus could likely opt to rest quite a few players for this one to keep everyone fit ahead of the crunch clash next week. They certainly can afford to, considering that Pescara sit bottom of the table and have won just two league games this term.
The Delfini do come into this tie having secured back to back draws against AC Milan and Empoli, but considering that Crotone beat Chievo and Inter during that same time-frame, it’s a moot point for Pescara. Unfortunately, they are definitely certain to make a return to Serie B next season and it will be a case of trying to keep the score-line as low as possible as they grudgingly prepare to take on the reigning Serie A champs this Saturday.