Juventus are suffering from heavy injuries to their defense and midfield, but heading into Barcelona, here’s how the player’s stand at the moment.
1 – Gianluigi Buffon
News: Took a seat during Juventus’ 3-0 victory over Chievo Verona on Saturday.
Our Take: Buffon will start against Barcelona barring any injuries. End of story.
16 – Carlo Pinsoglio
News: None to report.
23 – Wojciech Szczesny
News: Started against Chievo and earned a cleansheet. He’s likely to return to the bench against Barcelona.
Our Take: Fact of the matter is, this is what he signed up for. Bit part role in Serie A + Coppa Italia matches.
2 – Mattia De Sciglio
News: Yet to feature in Serie A this season, but he could see action on Tuesday against Barca.
Our Take: De Sciglio’s nightmare in the Supercoppa likely dealt him a large setback. Allegri is considering deploying Barzagli to the right-back position, meaning De Sciglio could remain on the bench.
3 – Giorgio Chiellini
News: Out with a calf injury.
4 – Medhi Benatia
News: The Moroccan could start alongside Rugani or be sent to the bench if Barzagli plays centrally.
Our Take: He played the full 90 against Chievo and looked comfortable. Wouldn’t be surprised if he starts.
12 – Alex Sandro
News: Sandro made the squad for Tuesday’s game after battling back from the flu.
Our Take: He missed out on Juve’s 3-0 win, but he’s reportedly recovered enough to play against Barcelona.
15 – Andrea Barzagli
News: Requested the game off against Chievo in order to get back to full fitness for the Barcelona clash.
Our Take: Allegri confirmed he would start, but he’s unsure where to put him. Barzagli played well against Barcelona last season as a right back, but his fitness concerns may force him to stay central. Tough call on where he’ll play.
21 – Benedikt Howedes
News: Not called to the squad.
Our Take: Howedes is behind on his physical preparation and has yet to feature for Allegri.
24 – Daniele Rugani
News: Rugani earned his second clean sheet this season against Chievo on Saturday, playing the full 90 minutes.
Our Take: With Chiellini out, Rugani faces no competition for a starting job. Excellent chance to prove himself against one of the best attacks in the world. Another baptism by fire?
5 – Miralem Pjanic
News: Pjanic played the full 90 against Chievo Verona on Saturday. He assisted two of the three goals.
Our Take: The Bosnian is in great form at the moment, and frankly with heavy injuries to Juve’s midfield, he will start and take set pieces unless Dybala waves him off. Strong fantasy/betting pick this one.
6 – Sami Khedira
News: Out injured.
7 – Juan Cuadrado
News: Suspended for his antics against Real Madrid in the finale.
8 – Claudio Marchisio
News: Out while continuing to rehab his knee.
11 – Douglas Costa
News: Played 54 minutes against Chievo before Dybala took his spot. Unsure whether it was fitness related or not.
Our Take: Costa has struggled to find an immediate foothold in Allegri’s lineup but with an injured Mario Mandzukic it’s likely he will start on the left flank. He’s a wild-card in Allegri’s deck, but you never know what you’re going to get.
14 – Blaise Matuidi
News: Matuidi has played in three Serie A and two Ligue 1 games already this season. He’s in form and in shape.
Our Take: With Marchisio and Khedira out, it’s fathomable he’d start against Barcelona, who he’s already had several battles against. If Allegri sticks to a 4-2-3-1, there’s really nobody who could take his spot.
22 – Kwadwo Asamoah
News: The Ghanaian midfielder played the full 90 minutes on Saturday to relieve the pressure put on a mangled midfield.
Our Take: While healthy, Asamoah is simply nowhere near Champions League calibre, especially against Barcelona. Would be shocked if he started, because there are better options for each role he could play. Injuries killed him.
27 – Stefano Sturaro
News: Forced an own goal on Saturday against Chievo, and was included in Allegri’s squad.
Our Take: Sturaro, for as hot or cold as he is, has played in several titanic clashes in his career with Juventus. Possible cameo on Tuesday wouldn’t be surprising.
30 – Rodrigo Bentancur
News: Played seven minutes against Chievo Verona on Saturday, included in the matchday squad for Tuesday.
Our Take: We’ve seen flashes of what Bentancur could do, but he’s too raw for a major role in Tuesday’s game. Allegri is working with him and we could see the Uruguayan feature more and more frequently.
33 – Federico Bernardeschi
News: Subbed on during Saturday’s match and assisted Dybala’s goal.
Our Take: He’s provided a spark with the limited minutes he’s been given. Wouldn’t put it past Allegri to bring him on (or start him). He needs a big stage.
34 – Leonardo Merio
News: Youth academy player.
38 – Fabrizio Caligara
News: Youth academy player.
9 – Gonzalo Higuain
News: Higuain scored his second goal of the campaign against Chievo on Saturday. Looks to be in good form.
Our Take: Need a big performance from him against Barcelona on Tuesday. Higuain’s matched up against the Blaugrana several times in his career, but not many goals to show for it.
10 – Paulo Dybala
News: Dybala came on in the 54th minute against Chievo. He’s fresh and ready to go against Barcelona.
Our Take: He’s exploding at the moment. Six goals in three games in Serie A, and he’s added an incredible dribbling aspect to his game. He’s full of confidence in Italy, let’s see if he can do it in Spain.
17 – Mario Mandzukic
News: Out against Barcelona. Suffered an injury while on International duty and didn’t finish or look good against Chievo.