NEWS
Wednesday August 19 2015
Allegri: 'Welcome Alex Sandro'

Max Allegri welcomed Alex Sandro to Juventus, discussed Paul Pogba’s role and said there’s “no need to worry” about injuries.

The Coach spoke to Sky Sport Italia after today’s traditional pre-season game between the senior and youth teams, decided 1-0 by a Pogba strike.

“It was in general a good training session looking ahead to Udinese this weekend, which will not be easy. Giorgio Chiellini gave a good response on his comeback and we are ready for this tough season.

“It requires patience and balance, because we are a new team and have to find our rhythm. There is enthusiasm, though.”

Today Pogba played in the Andrea Pirlo style deep-lying playmaker position, but Allegri insisted it was only an experiment.

“Paul was there today, but he’ll be in that role in a few years. There’s plenty of time for that. He can play behind the strikers, but would need to adapt. I think the trequartista is an unusual role, one that breaks up opposition tactics.”

Director Beppe Marotta confirmed Alex Sandro is a “done deal” and the Porto full-back will arrive for his medical tomorrow.

“We know that it takes time to get players worthy of Juventus,” added Allegri.

“Meanwhile we’ve won the Super Cup, Alex Sandro arrives and he has great quality and attacking drive. Kwadwo Asamoah will return soon, the club is working well.

“We might be lacking in experience, but we are growing and there is quality. In order to be consistently in the top eight in Europe you need quality.”

Alvaro Morata and Sami Khedira were joined by Claudio Marchisio on the treatment table, out for three weeks, while Mario Mandzukic limped off today with a knee problem.

“There’s no need to worry. Injuries happen, Morata will be back in training from Tuesday and has the chance to play against Roma in Week 2.

“Mandzukic shouldn’t be anything serious, but we will evaluate it tomorrow. If he can’t make it against Udinese, then someone else will play.”

Allegri was asked about this season and whether Juventus can win a fifth consecutive Scudetto.

“There are many rivals and I think this term it will take fewer points to secure top spot.”