Juve face Chievo as UCL opener against Cata­lan gi­ants looms

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>> ROME: Ju­ven­tus coach Mas­si­m­il­iano Al­le­gri will get a fi­nal chance to test his troops be­fore next week’s Cham­pi­ons League opener at Barcelona in to­day’s Serie A tie at home against Chievo.

Serie A cham­pi­ons Ju­ven­tus travel to the Camp Nou on Tues­day to take on the Cata­lan side they elim­i­nated in the quar­ter-fi­nals of the Euro­pean com­pe­ti­tion last sea­son.

But first up is mod­est but con­sis­tent Chievo Verona, whose play­ers earn a com­bined €18 mil­lion an­nu­ally com­pared to the €164 mil­lion pock­eted by Ju­ven­tus’ squad.

And Chievo coach Rolando Maran has no il­lu­sions about the task await­ing in Turin.

“When you go there you know that you will suf­fer, but it is a beau­ti­ful suf­fer­ing, one which makes you grow and them suf­fer a bit too,” said Maran, whose side snatched a point in Turin two years ago.

Ger­many mid­fielder Sami Khedira is back for the six-time ti­tle hold­ers who are look­ing to stay ahead of the pack at home with a third win in as many games af­ter Cagliari and Genoa.

But Al­le­gri will have to do with­out de­fender Gior­gio Chiellini, who picked up a calf in­jury play­ing for Italy, with An­drea Barazgli also side­lined af­ter Az­zurri duty against Spain and Is­rael and for­ward Paulo Dy­bala re­cov­er­ing af­ter Ar­gentina qual­i­fiers.

Also pre­par­ing for Euro­pean cur­tain rais­ers are Roma who visit Sam­p­do­ria to­day be­fore host­ing Atletico Madrid on Tues­day.

Napoli look for a third win at Bologna be­fore their long jour­ney to Shakhtar Donetsk in Ukraine on Wed­nes­day.

Mean­while AC Mi­lan travel south to Lazio with city ri­vals In­ter host­ing SPAL to­mor­row.

Ju­ven­tus coach Mas­si­m­il­iano Al­le­gri.

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