When Italian football returns to Turin for the first time since the 2013 World Cup, the atmosphere will be more tense than ever.
The club is under enormous pressure after losing in the last round of the Champions League to Atalanta in the first leg of the second round, and while many are expecting a positive result from the game, the players are still waiting for a definitive answer on the weather.
On Wednesday, Atalanti’s head of performance Giancarlo Abete confirmed that the snow is still being dealt with, and it is expected that the game will be played in the dark on Wednesday.
“I cannot say anything about the weather today,” he told ANSA.
“It will be clear from the start.”
The snow is forecast to be light and clear, but the temperatures are expected to be as low as -20C.
The team are also expecting to play in front of a cold crowd, so expect some freezing rain and a bit of freezing fog, although that won’t be the main factor.
There is also a chance of rain.
As for the team’s performance, they have yet to play a competitive match, but that won`t change.
Ancelanti says that he is not expecting a “real difference” between the home and away matches, because the club is still waiting to know whether the weather is right.
However, he does think that the players will enjoy the game as much as the fans.
“It`s the first game in two months, but I think we will have more than 1,000 people,” he said.
Italian football has seen many fans from abroad arrive to watch the game.
In the first few matches of the 2018/19 season, the stadium was packed, but then it fell silent after the match ended, and this will certainly happen again in the snow.
With snow falling in many places across Italy, the snow will also affect the pitch.
It may take some time for the players to get used to the conditions, but they will be glad to be able to play with the cold air and the snow in front.