Fiorentina vs Juventus Live Stream: Juventus looks for a third consecutive win when Serie A makes its return this weekend.
The eight-time defending champions needed a last-minute own goal from Kalidou Koulibaly to have the better of Napoli two weeks ago, after relinquishing a 3-0 lead.On Saturday, the Bianconeri face another of their main rivals as they travel to Florence to take on Fiorentina. The game couldn’t come at a worse time for La Viola, who has lost both of its opening games.
A 4-3 defeat at home to Napoli was followed by a 2-1 loss on the road to Genoa and coach Vincenzo Montella is already under pressure.
Fiorentina last beat Juventus in January 2017 and had to watch its rivals wrap up an eight consecutive league title with a 2-1 win at its expense in April.
If Fiorentina’s current form is cause of concern for Montella, those worries will be exacerbated by the prospect of facing Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Portuguese scored in the corresponding fixture last season and arrives into the game on the back of scoring four goals in Portugal’s 5-1 win over Lithuania earlier this week.
Ronaldo will lead Juventus attack in Florence alongside Douglas Costa and Gonzalo Higuain. After underwhelming loan spells at AC Milan and Chelsea, the Argentine looked set to leave Juventus in the summer, but has instead been given another chance by Maurizio Sarri.
The Juventus coach, who makes his return to the sideline after missing the first two games because of a bout of pneumonia, has seen his faith repaid as Higuain scored against Napoli two weeks ago.
Meanwhile, Franck Ribery could make his debut for Fiorentina. The Frenchman arrived from Bayern Munich this summer and has come on as a substitute twice against Napoli and Genoa.
“Franck played the friendly against Perugia as if he was playing the Champions League final,” Montella was quoted as saying by Italian daily Gazzetta dello Sport.
“He’s different, as Ronaldo is different. We talk of stars who excel through sacrifice. They are wonderful examples for everyone.”
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Saturday.