Juventus vs. Trabzonspor: 10 Players To Keep An Eye Out For
Trabzonspor won their Europa League group while their Italian opponents, Juventus finished third in their Champions League group campaign. Now, they will be facing off early on in the knockout stages of the second best European competition.
Juve have a star-studded squad who could easily go on to win this entire competition. They have a set midfield, defense and offense with one of the best veterans in the world protecting their goal. They should be nothing short of a shoo-in to win this series.
The Turkish side should not be taken lightly by any means since they do have quite a bit of talent on their own and have a decent track record against teams from the Serie A - they defeated Inter a couple of seasons ago in Italy and shared the spoils twice with Lazio this season en route to their group win. Their coach is also not half bad as he knows the region very well and has formed a remarkable relationship with his players. When they lose he helps them get better. When they win he celebrates then still makes them even better. He is slowly but surely becoming one of the best bosses in Turkey.
The one aspect that will make this series absolutely fun to watch is the fact that the the Italian champions exited the UCL after losing 1-0 in Istanbul against the Turkish champs, Galatasaray. Lucky or not, they have the chance to avenge a bit of that pain by playing against one of the lesser teams in the country. If they defeat them convincingly they will be sending a message that proves that their loss on a horrible field was nothing short of a fluke.
Now, we take a look at the best players from each side who are expected to give everything in this tie.
5. Onur Kivrak - Trabzonspor
This man used to take turns in goal with Besiktas' Tolga Zengin. Now that the latter has departed he has taken charge of every single game thus far in Europe, and he knows that he will have to be even better against the Serie A champions.
5. Gianluigi Buffon - Juventus
Known as one of the living legends of soccer, this keeper will have to be the true force that he is in goal by halting the Turkish attack at all times. If he covers for his defenders, this team can't be beaten easily by any means. He needs to find his glory years and stand on his head.
4. Giray Kacar - Trabzonspor
This man is known as the heart and soul of the defense when he is healthy. If he gets back to full fitness in time, he will be heading balls away on set pieces, making timely tackles and perhaps scoring goals at the other end when he can.
4. Giorgio Chiellini - Juventus
He is the heart of the defense for both club and country due to his tall frame and strength on and off the ball. He will be expected to clean up every mess near and inside his area. If he succeeds, his club will jump through to the next round with ease.
3. Adrian Mierzejewski - Trabzonspor
The Polish international was in charge of scoring at the beginning of the group stage but has since slowed down a bit. If he finds his scoring form again in time for these fixtures, he will be the difference.
3. Paul Pogba - Juventus
He captained the U-20 French national side that hoisted the World Cup at that level over the summer. Now, he starts for the seniors every game and still plays his dominant game in the midfield.
For his club, he does the same as he knows how to play well beyond his youthful years. He will be strong, smart and somewhat of a leader in the heart of the pitch.
2. Florent Malouda - Trabzonspor
The former French international has come into the frame in Turkey and impressed with his skills, passing, endless energy and overall knowledge of the game. He has been the difference with his goals and leadership on the field. He will have to be top notch come March.
2. Arturo Vidal - Juventus
This man just received a well-deserved contract extension since he can constantly attack, defend and get his teammates involved consistently to grab wins. He will have to be brilliant to lead his tam to victory.
1. Olcan Adin - Trabzonspor
Besides the fact that he scored an absolutely glorious hat-trick against Apollon Limassol, this young winger has scored his way into the heart of Turkish and Trabzon soccer hearts. He runs nonstop in addition to taking chances all game long. He is the best attacker that this club currently has on its roster. He will have to lead this team to new-found glory.
1. Carlos Tevez - Juventus
Arguably their most creative attacker, the Argentine winger likes to cut in using skill, speed and teammates to create openings on frame. If he can play his very best game he will score at least a couple in each of the games as he will be closely marked.
He will be their most influential player by far.
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