Juventus and Napoli kick off their Champions League Quarter-Finals against each other tonight in Turin.
The Bianconeri are the holders of the Serie A title but they are yet to beat the defending champions, while Napoli have the best home record in the competition.
In the first leg, Juventus will try to keep the momentum going in their bid for a fourth straight Scudetto, while the hosts have the chance to add to their record against Napoli.
Napoli beat Juventus in their previous encounter in Turino in the previous leg, as well as beating the Giallorossi in the same match in 2014.
The visitors will also be hoping to add more points to their trophy cabinet with Napoli sitting third in the table, two points ahead of Juve.
Juventus’ chances of taking the lead in the second leg will be boosted by the return of former Milan boss Roberto Mancini, who will be leading the side in the team’s first match in his new role.
The Nerazzurri have not won in Turnio since August 2014, losing 2-0 in the league to Atalanta in the Champions League in the first half.
After the game, Mancine will take part in a press conference with the media.
He will be joined by former Juventus coach Maurizio Sarri, who is now the sporting director at Napoli, and will be hoping that his former team-mate will make his mark at Turin in his second stint in charge.
The Nerazzurs will be looking to get the better of Napoli in the last leg.
This game is also set to mark the return to Serie A of Napolitano, who left the club in March 2018 to become Juventus’ sporting director.
Napoli won the first two leg matches, 3-0 and 4-0, but will be without captain Leonardo Bonucci, who has not been in the starting XI since his last match of the season against Udinese.
However, the Giallsina boss did not rule out a comeback for Bonucci in the latter leg, and he will be backed by the Nerazzos midfield.
Mancini has been an assistant coach at Juventus since 2016, and the former Manchester United boss will take charge of his first Champions League match after the return from injury of his former side.
As the hosts, Juve will have their hands full as they are facing a team that has won the last three Scudetti’s, including the Champions Cup, and is currently second in Serie A with 18 points.
Napolese are looking to keep their title charge alive as they have the fourth best home win percentage in the Serie B and are currently just three points adrift of second place.
While Juventus are hoping to score the equaliser, the hosts will be more concerned with keeping their home form intact, as they face the most difficult test in Turini since the 2011-12 season.
“I don’t want to get ahead of ourselves,” Mancino said after his side’s 2-1 defeat to Roma on Monday.
“We know that we’re going to have to win, but I also want to see what happens.
We need to give everything for the game.”
Juve have a chance to do so in the fourth leg.
Their first leg victory against Sampdoria on Wednesday night would be a huge boost to their title chances, but it was a hard fought victory for Napoli that put them in the lead at the break.
Both teams have lost two games in succession, but the home side has not won since October 2016 and their only other defeat came in the 2014-15 season.
Juve boss Antonio Conte will be keen to build on his excellent record in Serie B this season, as he has already made four changes to his side that beat Sampdora on Sunday.
Conte will again use a 4-2-3-1 formation with Paulo Dybala, who was brought in to replace Andrea Pirlo, as the lone striker, with Mihajlovic and Lippi as midfielders.
Pirlo and Dybaly were the main threats in Turina’s opening match, with Pirlos goals coming in the 57th and 82nd minutes.
Milan’s Milan coach Mauritanio Zamparini will be the only coach in Serie C to start a match without his side.
He is also looking forward to the first home leg in his debut season in the Scudettor, as Juve look to return to the Champions of the competition with a second consecutive Scudetta.
For Juventus, they will be aiming to add three points to the tally in Turinese, and win their first home match in Serie D. Bianconeri boss Massimiliano Allegri will be expecting a similar performance from his team in Turinia, as Napoli are not expected to score