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Coppa Italia

  • December 12, 2012
  • • 20:00
  • • Juventus Stadium, Torino
  • Referee: M. Guida
  • • Attendance: 18932

Juventus - Cagliari Preview: Bianconeri continue double quest in Coppa Italia clash

Juventus - Cagliari Preview: Bianconeri continue double quest in Coppa Italia clash

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The Turin club enjoy a four-point cushion at the Serie A summit, and can reach the quarter-final's of Italy's cup competition if they can overcome Wednesday's visitors



Barzagli, Bonucci, Caceres
Padoin, G'ini, Pogba, Marchisio, De Ceglie
Giovinco, Quagliarella


Perico, Rossettini, Ariaudo, Avelar
Ekdal, Nainggolan, Dessena
Ibarbo, Pinilla

After recording victory in his return to the Juventus bench having served a lengthy suspension for his part in a match-rigging scandal, coach Antonio Conte is set to rotate his team for the visit of Cagliari in the Coppa Italia last-16.

Gianluigi Buffon will drop to the bench, replaced by Marco Storari who will be given the chance to shine in goal, while Andrea Pirlo is another who will be rested for the clash, with Paul Pogba set to start.

There are also two changes in attack. Alessandro Matri and Mirko Vucinic, who led the line against Palermo at the weekend, see their places taken by Sebastian Giovinco and Fabio Quagliarella for the cup tie.

The Sardinians will hope for an immediate recovery after going down 2-0 at the weekend to Chievo, leaving them 14th in the Serie A standings. One of the key changes could be seen in the playmaking position; Andrea Cossu is likely to be rested, meaning former Penarol youngster and Uruguay Under-20 international Pablo Cepellini may get the chance to shine in Juventus Stadium.

  • Juventus were the first-ever Italian team to complete the national double, lifting the Serie A and Coppa Italia titles in 1960. They were also the first to repeat that feat, in 1995.
  • The Bianconeri are making their Coppa bow at the last-16 stage, having reached the final in 2011-12 and going down to Napoli.
  • Victory at the weekend extended Juve's Serie A lead to four points, ahead of Inter who went second on Sunday with victory over Napoli.
  • Cagliari have already won twice in this year's Coppa, downing Spezia and Pescara 2-1 and 4-2 respectively.
  • Brazilian striker Thiago Ribeiro (right) is joint-top scorer going into the last-16, thanks to a hat-trick notched against Pescara.
  • The Rossoblu have never lifted the Coppa Italia, their best performance came in 1968-69 when the Sardinians finished runners-up to Roma.


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Available Squads
1Gianluigi BuffonGoalkeeper
15Andrea BarzagliDefender
19Leonardo BonucciDefender
11Paolo De CeglieDefender
39Luca MarroneMidfielder
33Mauricio IslaDefender
6Paul PogbaMidfielder
20Simone PadoinMidfielder
23Arturo VidalMidfielder
12Sebastian GiovincoStriker
17Nicklas BendtnerStriker
31Laurentiu BranescuGoalkeeper
3Giorgio ChielliniDefender
4Martín CáceresDefender
26Stephan LichtsteinerDefender
21Andrea PirloMidfielder
8Claudio MarchisioMidfielder
22Kwadwo AsamoahMidfielder
23Emanuele GiaccheriniMidfielder
7Simone PepeMidfielder
32Alessandro MatriStriker
9Mirko VučinićStriker
35Vlada AvramovGoalkeeper
15Luca RossettiniDefender
-Gabriele PericoDefender
29Nicola MurruDefender
-Dario Del FabroDefender
16Sebastian ErikssonMidfielder
20Albin EkdalMidfielder
-P. CeppeliniMidfielder
-Thiago RibeiroStriker
23Víctor IbarboStriker
51Mauricio PinillaStriker
-Michael AgazziGoalkeeper
6Vincenzo CamilleriDefender
4Marco RussDefender
21Daniele DessenaMidfielder
-Marco PireddaMidfielder
-Federico CasariniMidfielder
-Michele CheloStriker
Players to Watch
Paul Pogba
Paul Pogba
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 6
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The 19-year-old midfielder has made an instant impact in Turin, with comparisons to Patrick Vieira already being thrown around after some accomplished displays. He will have the chance to further enhance his reputation against the Sardinians.
Mauricio Pinilla
Mauricio Pinilla
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 51
Games Goals YC RC
1 1 0 0
The Chilean striker was on target in both of Cagliari's opening Coppa Italia meetings, and will be hoping to find the net to keep the club's hopes of winning a first cup title in their history alive.
The Italians have been in imperious form so far in 2012-13, and even with a rotated starting line-up should have more than enough to dispatch their Coppa Italia rivals and advance to the last-eight.
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