Friday November 24 2017
Bentancur: ‘Pjanic inspires me’

Juventus midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur reveals Max Allegri has asked him to “be a bit more aggressive” and names Miralem Pjanic as an inspiration.

The midfielder joined the Bianconeri from Boca Juniors in the summer, and has impressed when he has featured this season.

“Allegri asks me to pass the ball quickly and vertically, not horizontally,” Bentancur told Sky.

“He asks me to be a bit more aggressive in marking the opponent. I’ve already started working on that in training, the main thing he asks of me is vertical passes to break the lines of the opponent, and supply [Paulo] Dybala and [Gonzalo] Higuain up-front.

“My inspiration? So many midfielders, like [Andres] Iniesta. Most of all though I look to my teammate, Pjanic, who I see working day-by-day and from whom I can really learn a lot.”

Bentancur came on as a substitute in the midweek 0-0 draw with Barcelona in the Champions League.

“It was a great point. We didn’t manage to find a goal, that’s true, but we showed our defensive solidity.

“Serie A? Napoli are our main opponent, they’re four points away and we’ll face them soon, but we need to take it one game at a time, starting from Sunday.”

The Uruguayan was also asked what it’s like to play alongside Gianluigi Buffon.

“I’ve known him for a few months, it made me sad to see him so sad after Italy were eliminated, but I know these things happen in football.

“He came back with the same determination as always to give his all for his club.”