2. Paulo Dybala vs Antonio Rüdiger
The news of Paulo Dybala‘s return to the squad for the match against Chelsea has already made the headlines, giving those in black and white a chance to breathe a sigh of relief. The last time Allegri outsmarted Tuchel, he did so without the magic of La Joya.
But is he going to drop the diminutive Argentine again on the bench in midweek? It is highly dubious. Dybala, when fit, has always disrupted, disturbed and flummoxed opposing defences with his cunning passing and craft in the final third.
It remains a concern that the Bianconeri forwards, with the presence of the wily Argentine behind them, have done little this season. But Dybala has been productive in terms of chance creation, if not scoring loads of goals. He is likely to go up against the mighty Antonio Rüdiger on Tuesday evening.
Rüdiger has been instrumental in Chelsea’s three-man defence since Tuchel took over the managerial helm for the Londoners. That being said, the German’s performances have reached another level lately, with the centre-back not only stepping forward to take part in the team’s build-up play, but he’s starting to contribute from set pieces as well. As per the stats, he has already scored twice in the Premier League this term.
Coming against someone as athletic and physical as Rüdiger could hamper Dybala’s natural game, making the battle one the fans should not miss.