Indonesian Super League All-Stars vs. Juventus: How Juve Will Line Up in Jakarta
Wednesday will see the first outing of Juventus on their summer tour of Asia and the Pacific region. They will face off against an Indonesian Super League All-Stars XI in Jakarta, as Massimiliano Allegri continues to experiment with his new squad.
With the Bianconeri so dearly beloved by a huge amount of people in Indonesia, an appearance there has been long overdue, and as such, fans should expect to see a strong line-up from the former Milan coach.
Over the following pages is a look at how Juve should look for the game, with a nod to some still-absent players.
With Gigi Buffon only returning to training a week ago, it is hard to see the Juventus captain featuring here. Should he be able to, the club legend will surely be given a rapturous welcome by the fans in Jakarta.
If he is still not ready to make his pre-season debut, Allegri knows he can call upon the ultrareliable Marco Storari to deputise, as he has in the two previous friendlies this summer.
Expect Allegri to continue with a three-man back line, as he did in the previous outing against Cesena. With Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini available for that match, it remains to be seen if Martin Caceres joins them here.
With Andrea Barzagli carrying a long-term niggle in his calf, the Uruguayan is most likely to start alongside the two other Azzurri stars. If Caceres is also not ready, Allegri is unable to once again opt for Frederik Sorensen, who has been left out of the squad as the club looks to move him on, as per Gary Jones of the Daily Star.
Again, the midfield is one department in which Allegri is yet to see many of the regular first-choice players back in action after a difficult summer. Arturo Vidal’s knee injury will almost certainly keep him out, but Andrea Pirlo is among those likely to feature.
Claudio Marchisio and Paul Pogba may join the playmaker, with Roberto Pereyra and Simone Padoin ready to deputise. On the flanks, Patrice Evra should make his debut in Bianconeri, while Stephan Lichtsteiner is likely to continue on the right.
With no World Cup concerns, Fernando Llorente and Carlos Tevez should start for Allegri in Jakarta. The Spaniard has played both pre-season friendlies to date, and with the kidnapping of his father now resolved, Tevez is expected to return.
Predicted Juventus XI: Storari; Caceres, Bonucci, Chiellini; Lichtsteiner, Pereyra, Pirlo, Marchisio, Evra; Llorente, Tevez