Date of birth: 20 October 1951
Playing career: AS Roma, Catanzaro Calcio, Calcio Catania, US Città di Palermo
Coaching career: Cagliari Calcio, SSC Napoli, ACF Fiorentina, Valencia CF (twice), Club Atlético de Madrid, Chelsea
FC, Parma FC, Juventus
Date of birth: 8 November 1946
Playing career: SC Varsseveld, De Graafschap, PSV Eindhoven, De Graafschap, NEC Nijmegen, Washington Diplomats, San Jose Earthquakes, De Graafschap
Coaching career: De Graafschap, PSV Eindhoven (assistant), PSV, Fenerbahçe SK, Valencia CF, Netherlands, Real Madrid CF, Real Betis Balompié, Korea Republic, PSV, Australia, Russia, Chelsea FC
The first league at the Stamford Bridge ended with narrow win for Chelsea by Drogba’s goal.
Juventus possible lineup:
Buffon – Zebina – Chiellini – Mellberg – Molinaro – Marchionni (Salihamidzic) – Poulsen – Marchisio – Nedved – Del Piero – Amauri.
Chelsea possible lineup:
Cech – Bosingwa – Terry – Alex (Carvalho) – Cole – Essien (Mikel) – Lampard – Ballack – Malouda – Kalou – Drogba.
Still not sure if Ranieri will start with 4-4-2 or 4-3-3, in my opinion the Italian man will stick with more conservative approach fielding Marchionni (if he is fit) as right side midfielder while Poulsen and Marchisio forming screen in front of the back four. Trezeguet will be the offensive card for Ranieri, this match need patience with a lot of tactical flavor.
Hiddink talked about attacking mind and will continue using Kalou and Malouda to partner Drogba in 4-3-3 formation, if Anelka not fit. Essien, Lampard, and Ballack should prepare for a fierce midfield war against Juventus midfield, close eye on Poulsen ability to build up attacks from deep positions. Chelsea ability to do counter attacks is vital here.
Juventus: Nedved, Buffon and Del Piero
Chelsea: Drogba, Lampard, and Terry
My Choice for the main man is:
Poulsen is the man for Juventus to set the rhythm and build up plays for the team, and Cech from Chelsea to play important role if the game head toward penalties shootout.