Juventus vs Parma Live : The Maurizio Sarri era at Juventus techinically gets underway on Saturday as Serie A begins with Juve hitting the road to face Parma on Matchday 1. However, Juventus vs Parma boss will be sitting this one out due to his recovery from pneumonia. Juventus is once again the overwhelming favorite to win the league, looking to make this season its ninth straight, this time with the former Chelsea and Napoli boss in charge. Juventus vs Parma meanwhile, was in Serie D just four years ago after going bankrupt. Now back in Serie A after staying up last season, it hopes to stay afloat another season.
The former Chelsea manager was one of Juventus’ fiercest rivals during his three seasons with Napoli and his arrival in Turin should usher in a significant change in style.
The 60-year-old likes his teams to play a high-tempo pressing game with a big emphasis on attacking, while Allegri adopted an altogether more conservative approach.
Whether Sarri manages to get his team buying into his philosophy remains to be seen. During his solitary season in charge of Chelsea, the Italian won the Europa League but his side never looked entirely comfortable with his brand of soccer.
Sarri, who will miss the first two matches of the season with a bout of pneumonia, has been backed in the transfer market this summer with Juventus spending $84 million on Ajax prodigy Matthijs de Ligt.
Aaron Ramsey and Adrien Rabiot, meanwhile, arrived on free transfers from Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain, respectively and Gianluigi Buffon returned after spending one season with the French giants.
Most of Juventus’ summer, however, has been spent trying to offload players. Rather surprisingly, the reigning Serie A champions have looked to sell Paulo Dybala, but negotiations with Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur were unsuccessful.
United was also reportedly interested in signing Mario Mandzukic but as things stand the Croatian will begin the season with Juventus.
If Dybala and Mandzukic remain at the club, they could be consigned to part-time roles as Juventus’ main attacking option remains Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese scored 28 goals in 43 games in all competitions in his first season in Italy and will be looking to spearhead another title challenge.
For its part, Parma will be happy with a year of consolidation after avoiding relegation in its first season back in Serie A. The Crusaders finished three points above the relegation zone last year and its summer business has been the polar opposite of Juventus, with just under $11 million spent on players.
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Saturday.We sat here 12 months ago, right before Juventus’ opener to the 2018-19 season, talking about the star signing that was initially laughed at because it was Tuttosport providing the rumor. It was going to be the debut in Juventus colors of one of the best players ever, a signing that shifted the club’s focus from more than just domestic dominance and racking up Scudetti like no club has ever done so in Italy.
We have another big-time debut of sorts to start the 2019-20 season. But instead of it being a player on the field, it involves the guy who will decide who actually plays every game. Even though we’ve been talking about him for the better part of the last two months, this is the official start of the Maurizio Sarri era, one that Juventus’ under-the-microscope front office hopes results in an easier-on-the-eye style of play that then leads to more success in the biggest of stages.
Except for the fact that Sarri won’t actually be at the Tardini.
Sarri’s first official game as Juventus manager was supposed to come this Saturday when the defending Italian champions open the 201-12 season against, Parma, the beginning of what has been the current eight-year run of titles being won. That won’t be happening as Juventus’ first-year manager was officially ruled out Thursday — yes, the “injury” listing will now involve the head coach — because of his ongoing battle with pneumonia.
That means Sarri’s longtime right-hand man Giovanni Martusciello will be in charge for the next couple of Saturdays, something you probably didn’t expect to happen all of a few days ago before this week’s diagnosis was handed down. (Or, based on how Sarri sucks down cigarettes like there’s no tomorrow, maybe you did expect something like this, I dunno.)
No matter who’s in charge — and let’s hope for our sake that Sarri is back to full health coming out of the international break — obviously the goal is to keep that run of titles going, with many predicting that if this were the year where Juve potentially slips up, then it would be the one where the new manager doesn’t do as well as his predecessor and quite possibly his former club — yes, the same Napoli side that Juve faces in Turin seven after the season opener — ending this near-decade-long streak of one team winning the Serie A title.