What Can We Expect from Antonio Conte's Juventus Against Celtic?

Sam Tighe@@stighefootballWorld Football Tactics Lead WriterMarch 5, 2013

What Can We Expect from Antonio Conte's Juventus Against Celtic?

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    Antonio Conte's Juventus hold a commanding 3-0 aggregate lead over Celtic, and moving into the second leg, the Italian has some serious decisions to make.

    The former Siena tactician, who has recently been linked with the open post at Chelsea, will be fearful of a resurgent Celtic with absolutely nothing to lose.

    What can we expect from the Bianconeri in terms of tactics and selections at the Juventus Stadium?

Resting Key Players

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    The Juventus defence is one of the finest in world football.

    With a 3-0 lead to protect, don't expect fireworks in attack because they're simply not necessary, and Antonio Conte can easily rest some of his key players and look ahead to the weekend tie with Catania.

    The Old Lady can sub out regular starters and lend some experience to the fringe or younger players.

    Arturo Vidal and Claudio Marchisio are obvious contenders to drop out, while Giorgio Chiellini could be given time to recover after a promising return to the first team.

    Conte may not want to be without two of his three integral midfielders, but there's a certain French individual that's deserving of a start.

New Stars Rise

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    That individual is Paul Pogba.

    The squad depth Juventus have is rather impressive: Just because a couple of key players sit out doesn't mean the talent diminishes, and Antonio Conte has a lot to call upon.

    The former Manchester United midfielder has looked superb during his sporadic appearances so far, showing understanding, physicality and positional sense that belies his years.

    Mauricio Isla, too, is an option to start, while Kwadwo Asamoah (a regular starter) could come in for Federico Peluso.

A Striking Switch Up

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    The biggest changes could be seen in the forward line.

    Many ask why Fabio Quagliarella isn't being given a go up front in the wake of questionable performances from both Mirko Vucinic and Sebastian Giovinco, so perhaps he will partner Alessandro Matri up front?

    Matri was very efficient in the first leg at Celtic Park and will expect to be given another shot. He gives the Old Lady a huge weapon in his ability to convert dangerous, low crosses.

Same Defensive Efficiency

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    With absolutely nothing to chase, Juventus will be leaving the kitchen sink at home.

    Napoli dominated the play at the Stadio San Paolo on Friday night but simply couldn't find a legitimate way through this rock-solid Bianconeri defence. The one goal they did score was a deflected long-range strike from Gokhan Inler.

    Juve are one of the only top teams in the world that genuinely aren't fussed about not having the majority of the ball in a game, and Celtic's gung-ho attitude could play right into their hands here.