Juventus director general Beppe Marotta admits they “have no alternative” but victory against Nordsjaelland and has a Nicklas Bendtner revelation.
“Juventus have to win, we have no alternative,” Marotta told Sky Sport Italia ahead of tonight’s Champions League match in Copenhagen.
The Bianconeri have drawn both their opening Group E games and risk being left behind in the race for qualification.
“We are facing a side that is technically inferior, but it will be the game of their lives, so we must have the right sporting aggression. This match has hidden dangers and Antonio Conte pointed out the players must step on to the field with great motivation and determination.”
Sebastian Giovinco and Alessandro Matri start in attack due to Mirko Vucinic still suffering from the after-effects of flu, but Bendtner is only on the bench after playing just 10 minutes of football this season.
“Sebastian is growing and has not yet achieved maturity or consistency in his career, but by playing regularly and taking part in these international tests he will become the complete player.”
Marotta seemed to suggest that Bendtner was not in the stands purely out of ‘respect’ for playing in his homeland.
“As for Bendtner, it was only right and respectful for him that he should be on the bench tonight. He is an idol in Denmark and should be involved, also as a form of respect for this game. If he plays, then he will be able to fulfil the requests of the Coach.”