This is it; potentially our biggest, most important game of the season. Our season hinges on the outcome of this titanic tussle with the Gunners from London. According to my calculations (which are based on pure speculation), I predict our chances of progressing at 5-7% at best.:stress: :frownani: :hopefull: :scared: :eekani:
Make no mistake about it, I firmly believe we can overturn our first leg deficit (and so should the players, otherwise there's no point in showing up to play) but we can’t set a foot wrong; in other words we must put in a great performance, one that hasn’t been witnessed at the Stadio Delle Alpi for quite some time now. Simply put, we have to exhibit a desire to win, and play in completely opposing fashion to that which was witnessed in the first leg debacle.:thmbdown: :irritate: :dazed:
Eboue, and more importantly Cesc Fabregas are both major doubts for Arsenal at this point. What is the current status of our captain and talisman Alessandro Del Piero? Is he available and fit to start, even if it is from the bench?!
Crapello will have to outsmart and outfox Wenger, surprise him, meaning that any plans for a standard 4-4-2 with Giannicheda coming in to replace Vieira, and Mutu filling in for the suspended Craporanesi, must be shelved for now. I just wish that Crapello, that overrated stubborn mule, that filthy piece of cow dung (yes he is Mcqueen) will alter his tactical layout and play some attacking football from the onset, just this once!!! We need to score THREE Goals meaning that any plans Crapello might harbor of wrapping up the game come the 70'th minute must be obliterated. Over the last four games we have scored four times, and conceded four goals, so how we are to score three in one game without conceding a single goal is beyond me. It requires nothing short of a miracle, especially with the way we have been playing lately!! No Hoof and Hope, or Punt and Pray tactics Mr. Crapello, at least not for this game!
I would start out with a 3-4-1-2 formation with a back three comprising Thuram, Canna, and Kovac. In Midfield the attacking/defensive wingbacks should be Rambo and Balza. The DM pairing is obviously going to be Emerson and Giannicheda with Nedved in a supporting role behind our two target men, Trezeguet and Ibrahimobitch. If things are not going according to plan (which is likely to be the case) I would revert to a 4-3-1-2 formation with Mutu coming in (in place of Kovac, and Balza and Rambo moving back into defense) to occupy that free role and Nedved moving back into midfield, while also alternating with Mutu to confuse the opposition. Obviously, if Del Piero is fit then he can be the one to come in and play that role, or better yet, if possible, he should be on the field from the get-go (in place of Ibrahimobitch).
The suspensions to Zepenis, Patshit Viagra, and Craporanesi might yet prove to be a blessing in disguise, so don't despair.
We must score first, and we must score early (before the end of the first half). If Arsenal score first then it’s definitely good night and game over.:sob: :groan: :nervous:
On a more realistic note, we must also look at the prospect of facing elimination. We are notoriously poor against English opposition and have to overturn a TWO goal disadvantage into a THREE goal triumph, without conceding any goals in the process.
That is a monumental task, and I can’t recall any Juve side of recent times managing, or having to overcome such a deficit to qualify. The prospects are bleak. Last year we managed to stumble against inferior opposition (inferior to this year's Arsenal that is), and even then we only had to score ONE goal against a defense oriented outfit. We scraped by Madrid in the 2'nd round, but even then we only needed to score TWO goals, and we almost went to penalties had it not been for Zalayeta. In our highly successful (yet arguably massively disappointing) 2003 CL campaign we only needed ONE goal in the return leg of our semi-final against Real Madrid, a game which we won 3-1. However, back then we were playing much better football than the utter crap which is currently on display, although the personnel at our disposal at this moment in time is arguably marginally better.
My heart is hoping for a 3-0 or 4-1 victory (which we all recognize is almost impossible); my mind is telling me it is going to be another enthralling, exciting encounter than ends 0-0 or perhaps 1-1. :rollani: :fero: :wallbang: