The surprise resignation of Antonio Conte, and subsequent appointment of Max Allegri, has complicated matters. Sunday's friendly between Juventus and the A-League All-Stars, however, remains a fine opportunity to witness a genuinely elite team at close quarters and, perhaps, observe in the flesh a tactical trend that could be a crucial feature of the upcoming A-League season.
If Australia's Group of Death at the World Cup was a footballing lesson, then they already had a thorough understanding of the final part of the curriculum. Spain's identity, after all, has become as well-known as their success, centred on an almost abhorrent obsession with possession.
When Graham Arnold left for Japan three weeks into the A-League season, there was little surprise about his successor. Phil Moss had been groomed for the role ever since arriving to assist Arnold at the Central Coast Mariners when the latter took over in 2010.