20 May 2022
The farewell in front of the Bianconeri support. Monday at the Allianz Stadium provoked an outpouring of emotion from the stands to the pitch and back again that barely left a dry eye in the house.
The official goodbyes of Giorgio Chiellini after 17 years at the club, and Paulo Dybala after seven, however, must be put to one side as the team focuses on seeing out the campaign with a victory in the final fixture of Serie A season 2021/22.
On Saturday evening at 20h45 CEST, Juventus take on Fiorentina for the fourth time this season, and the Bianconeri aim to make it a clean sweep of victories after having collected three points in the league in Turin and having won both home and away in the Italian Cup semi-finals.
Chiellini's first 37 matches and three goals in Serie A were made as a Fiorentina player as he is one of many Juventus players past and present that once wore the famous purple shirt. Many returned to the Franchi to leave their mark in the black and white stripes. To find out who and when, click here.
Juventus finished the match against Lazio with three Under-23 players on display, when Marley Aké and Martin Palumbo joined starter Fabio Miretti on the pitch. Massimiliano Allegri may well be considering giving his youngsters more playing time in the finally matchday of the season, but competition for places has intensified.
Although Danilo and Mattia De Sciglio remain sidelined, the positive news from the treatment table is that both Arthur and Denis Zakaria have recovered, not to mention the return to a full training regime with the team of Weston McKennie, putting him in with a chance of a few minutes of action in Florence.
As for Fiorentina, Vincenzo Italiano has received the positive news that both Riccardo Sottil and Alvaro Odriozola have shaken off their knocks. Also, available is Sofyan Amrabat, having served his one-match ban. However, Youssef Maleh, booked in the defeat against Sampdoria on Monday, is suspended.
For more on the Viola's current form, click here.
Coach Allegri, therefore, has plenty of options on the playing front for the closing 90 minutes of his first season back in the Bianconeri hotseat, for a match that according to the tactician promises to be spectacular.
I expect an open match with plenty of goals. The atmosphere will be electric and we are going there to enjoy ourselves. Massimiliano Allegri, Juventus Coach