Mario Mandzukic is prompting the tactical shift at Juventus, it’s reported, as he no longer wants to be sacrificed as a left-sided winger.
The Croatia international wants to be ready for the centre-forward role at the World Cup next summer and feels his time in Turin is not being used wisely.
According to Tuttosport, Mandzukic has asked Max Allegri to get back to being a striker.
He is tired of making sacrifices and chasing opponents up and down the left flank.
This was also reportedly behind the fact he was benched for the showdown with Barcelona in the Champions League this week, which was a particular surprise to the fans, who unveiled a huge banner depicting his face before kick-off.
Allegri could test the 3-4-2-1 formation against Crotone tomorrow with Mandzukic and Paulo Dybala supporting Gonzalo Higuain.