Champions League Group Stage: Juventus vs. Chelsea

Andrea Pirlo grew a beard after Italy’s Euro 2012 final defeat. Like everything else the great man does, è perfetto.

Chelsea: John Terry was acquitted of racism in court, but still faces an upcoming hearing with the English FA that could lead to suspension. The Blues are off to a good start in the EPL – albeit against Wigan, Reading, Newcastle and QPR – with 10 points from a possible 12. Though, Chelsea lost the Community Shield 3-2 to Manchester City and was blown out by Europa League champs Atletico Madrid 4-1 in the UEFA Super Cup.

Juventus: Juve is back. The bianconeri went undefeated in Serie A last year, winning their first Scudetto since being relegated in the 2006 Calciopoli scandal. Match-fixing has reared its head again for this club, not with Juventus but with their coach Antonio Conte. Conte, who managed Siena before joining Juventus last season, is appealing a 10-month ban he received for not reporting match-fixing he purportedly knew about. Despite their coach’s absence, Juventus beat Napoli 4-2 in the Italian Super Cup and has won its first three Serie A matches.

The Key: The same question that plagues Italy opponents plagues those of Juventus. How do you stop Andrea Pirlo?

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