‘The best and the brightest’: How the Juventus side are changing the way we look at football

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Juventus are set to make their first change since last summer’s Champions League final.

The Nerazzurri are set for a change after winning the Coppa Italia final at the Stadio Olimpico on Tuesday, while the Bianconeri have also added the services of goalkeeper Mauro Icardi, who has been sidelined since late December with a groin injury.

The 26-year-old will wear the No. 9 shirt alongside veteran Lluis Matteo and is expected to be named on the bench.

The Bianconera have made seven changes from the side that defeated Napoli 3-1 in the Coppi Italia semi-final.

Icardi is likely to be handed a starting berth as Antonio Cassano, the club’s sporting director, is eager to get the goalkeeper out of his comfort zone.

The former Sassuolo keeper has been a steady performer for the Nerazzurs this season and has been credited with keeping a clean sheet in the final.

I cardi has also started four of the Nerazos 12 matches, while Matteo, who joined from Bologna last summer, has played six times for the Biancolini this season. 

Rafael Benitez has kept a clean record this season, having kept just two clean sheets, with only one of them coming against Inter Milan in the first leg of their last-16 tie. 

“I think it is a very good change for the team, because we are trying to get to a more relaxed state,” said Juventus coach Rafa Benitev. 

Benitev, who will make his first appearance since replacing Gianluigi Buffon in the Champions League group stage, admitted that the Neras side have been “disappointed” by the lack of action in recent weeks.

“I was very disappointed with the performance of the team today.

I’m glad we were able to keep our nerve,” he said.

“We are now looking forward to a better game.”

Benitez will be looking to put the finishing touches to a 1-0 win against the Rossoneri on Wednesday. 

It will be the first time Juventus have won the Coppsitos since April 2014 and the last time they reached the final at their home ground, Stadios Plazas.

Juventus have also lost just one of their previous 18 Serie A games and will look to continue their run of dominance with a 2-0 home win against Napoli on Sunday.

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