How Juventus may line up in Serie A opener featuring Cristiano Ronaldo, Matthijs de Ligt and Aaron Ramsey

24 Aug

Juventus will be looking to win an unprecedented ninth straight Serie A title when they begin their 2019/20 campaign on Saturday.

They set new heights when they won their sixth in a row but to get nine in a row would be simply superb.

Juventus won Serie A in Massimiliano Allegri’s farewell season
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Rivals of Juve including Inter Milan have improved but it’s been an incredibly busy summer in Turin.

The Bianconceri have continued to recruit some star-studded names including Matthijs de Ligt, Adrien Rabiot and Aaron Ramsey – the latter two coming in for free.

Maurizio Sarri has replaced Massimiliano Allegri as manager although the former Chelsea boss will miss the first two games of the season after being diagnosed with pneumonia.

The players will be more than ready for action though and their first game sees them go to Parma, who finished 14th in 2018/19.

Could former Arsenal man Ramsey start for Juve?

So how might Juventus line up for their first league match?

Below you can see’s predicted Juve XI featuring the likes of De Ligt, Ramsey and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Option 1: With Ramsey and without Rabiot

Is this how Juve will line up against Parma?

Ramsey played for Juventus for the first time in a pre-season friendly against Triestina and he could play in the midfield three along with Miralem Pjanic and Emre Can.

Sarri could play Gonzalo Higuain – a player he’s coached at Napoli and Chelsea – meaning Ronaldo could play out in his preferred position on the left.

Meanwhile, Dutch superstar Matthijs de Ligt is in line to make his competitive debut and we suspect it will be alongside veteran defender Giorgio Chiellini.

Option 2: With Rabiot and without Ramsey

It looks as though Ramsey and Rabiot will be fighting for starting spots this season

However, former Paris Saint-Germain star Rabiot will be vying for a place in the starting XI and has featured in Juve’s pre-season matches.

It will be a good competition between the pair for a starting spot.

Option 3: With Ramsey and Rabiot

Ramsey and Rabiot will provide competition for Emre Can too

However, this could be how they line up if Ramsey and Rabiot play together.

After all, Can’s place is by no means guaranteed in such a talented squad.

Option 4: Second XI

The depth to Juventus’ squad is incredible

It’s highly unlikely Juventus will do this but this is the team they could field if they wanted to rest a bunch of their first-team players.

You’d still back this lot to win though!