1. Luis Alberto
There is a traditional maxim in football which states that a game is won or lost in midfield, meaning the collective performance of the team’s midfielders decides the fate of a match. We have seen over and over again how an inconsistent display of midfielders has made the whole team crumble. And thus, poor results follow. It is a blessing for the Lazio fans that Maurizio Sarri holds a luminous brand of midfield options at his disposal.
Among those options, Luis Alberto is the spine. Playing alongside Sergej Milinković-Savić in the midfield of Sarri’s preferred 4-3-3, the former Liverpool player has logged four assists and two goals from 12 appearances this season, amassing the highest number of assists for the Biancocelesti.
A midfielder with natural attacking essence, Luis Alberto may not be an out-and-out threat to Juventus by any means on Saturday, but his passing is likely the deadliest weapon available in Sarri’s arsenal. Per FBref, Alberto has completed the most number of passes into the final third for Lazio, having accumulated 73 passes from 12 games in the 2021/22 season thus far.
Furthermore, the 29-year-old has been involved in 3.83 shot-creating actions per 90 minutes in Serie A this campaign.
Federico Bernardeschi is unavailable through injury, suggesting that Massimiliano Allegri might again be inclined to go with Adrien Rabiot. Should Alberto be aware of Rabiot’s shaky form in midfield, the Spaniard will be licking his lips to expose Juventus down that left flank.