On Sunday evening, Juventus will try to reach the top four places in the Serie A table when they visit the Allianz Stadium against Roma.
It goes without saying that the clash between Max Allegri and José Mourinho will be a tough tactical battle.
So will the Livorno native be able to outsmart the Special One?
Here are three keys that could help the Bianconeri defeat their main enemies.
As seen in some of their recent appearances (particularly the derby loss to Lazio), Gianluca Mancini and Roger Ibanez’s defensive partnership tends to leave some gaps in the back.
Federico Chiesa shines against this type of defense and the Italian will try to punish his opponents with his toxic counterattack.
It’s not the first time Juventus have faced high-profile Serie A opponents this season as the old lady clashed with Milan and Napoli last month.
Both times the Bianconeri went into the half-time break with one goal ahead, but lost in the end to the Southerners and wasted the win against the Rossoneri.
While the majority of Allegri’s players will be back from international break, maintaining their physical and mental energy until the end of the game can be a crucial element in avoiding another late breakdown.
Surroundings of Pellegrini
The Roman captain is the heart and soul of the Giallorossi team and we’ve all seen the team look almost confused in his absence against Lazio.
The former Sassuolo man has a fever but you should expect him to shake it off before Sunday and start the crucial game against the old lady.
In Mourinho’s system, most games have to go through the Italian international and therefore Manuel Locatelli and Rodrigo Bentancur must limit his threat because if they don’t contain him properly, the midfield battle could be lost.