What’s next for Juventus and Lazio?
Posted On August 9, 2021
The footballing world is in mourning after Lazio suffered a humiliating 3-0 loss to Juventus in their Serie A quarter-final last night.
The Bianconeri have lost all their key players for the first time since January, while Juventus, meanwhile, remain in the dark after being knocked out of the Champions League by Borussia Dortmund in the group stages.
Here is a roundup of what we know and what we’re watching for this weekend.
Borussia Dortmund will be without midfielder Sebastian Kehl for the next two weeksLazio are still without midfielder Marco Materazzi for the rest of the season, and defender Bruno Palacios is out indefinitely after suffering a shoulder injury in the second leg of their last-16 tie with Genoa on Wednesday.
Juventus have not lost a game since losing 2-1 to Lazio in their last outing in Serie A last month, and will be hoping for a similar result against their archrivals.
The Bianconers have a three-game unbeaten run under new coach Andrea Marotta that has been punctuated by five clean sheets in their past six games.
They have scored three goals in their first four games, but they could be without the talismanic midfielder.
Athletic director Massimo Banzi told the media: “I’m sure we will get to the top of the table in the coming days.
We have a great squad and it’s important that we continue to work and build from here.”
Lazios talisman Mario Mandzukic, who missed last night’s game after suffering an ankle injury, is expected to return against Bologna.
A win would secure Lazio’s first Serie A crown since 1996 and they would finish fifth in Serie B, four points adrift of fourth-placed Torino.
Juve, meanwhile are yet to score a goal in their three games against Brescia and Fiorentina this season.
The only positive news for Lazio is that midfielder Leonardo Bonucci, who had a brief run-in with a broken leg in the 2-0 win over Genoa, has returned to action after recovering from an ankle problem.