Serie A finally got underway last weekend and the main story to come out of it was a team of the week Juventus with an opening day 4-1 win over Parma in the beautiful new Juventus stadium.
Sunday afternoon saw match day 3 underway (unofficially day 2) with Juventus traveling to newly promoted Siena.
An attack-minded Juventus was a joy to watch with their attacking 4-4-2 formation (4-2-4). The man at the centre of attack was no less than Andrea Pirlo, brought in on a free transfer from Champions AC Milan during the summer.
Pirlo was back to his best at the heart of the midfield with his creativity and claiming 2 assists for Stephan Lichsteiner and Claudio Marchisio who by the way dominated fan votes for goal of the week.
Siena picked up a very creditable 0-0 draw away at Catania in their first outting of the season and both teams played it out in the very hot September Sicilian weather, energy sapping.
This is going to be a long or perhaps short season back in the top flight for Siena, being a main contender for relegation and return to Italian Serie B.
Juventus go into the weekend match with massive confidence and with no commitment in European cup play this season, can make an assault on domestic triumph and with it UEFA Champions League qualification for next season.
Antonio Conte has assembled a fantastic squad spending millions in the summer mercato, game on for a scudetto challenge.
The Juve manager has the players he has wanted to assemble in his attacking 4-2-4 formation although the addition of Sergio Aguero would of been some icing on the cake. But Aguero was not to be as the Argentine opted for greener ($$$) pastures in the northern English premier league, choosing the money brigade at Manchester City.
There is going to competition for places especially on the Conte front line. Alessandro Del Piero and Alessandro Matri started last weekend but waiting in the wings I spy Mirko Vucinic, Vincenzo Iaquinta, Luca Toni, Amauri and Fabio Quagliarella returning after a serious knee injury picked up back in January.
Head to head for this fixture is on visitors side as three of the last four times these two clubs met ended in an Juventus victory.
Juventus will be looking to continue their impressive start to the season and I fear for Siena. Watch for very fluid football with Pirlo pulling the strings as marshall in the central midfield. Juventus entertaining once again? You betcha if we see a repeat from the Parma clinic a week ago.
Predicted Teams for Sunday
Brkic, Belmonte, Rossettini, Ficagna, Del Grosso, Reginaldo, D’Agostino, Vergassola, Mannini, Calaio, Destro.
Buffon, Lichsteiner, Barzagli, Chiellini, Grosso, Vidal, Pirlo, Pepe, Krasic, Del Piero, Matri.