Saturday August 12 2017
Allegri: 'Juve find new balance'

Max Allegri warned Juventus “must not make the mistake of seeking someone who plays the same way as Leonardo Bonucci,” as they must find “tactical balance.”

The Italian Super Cup with Lazio kicks off on Sunday at the Stadio Olimpico at 19.45 UK time (18.45 GMT).

There is a generational shift at Juve with Daniele Rugani, Rodrigo Bentancur and Federico Bernardeschi stepping up.

“When new players arrive at Juventus, they all need to go through the same journey, realising what Juventus means and above all that every ball played is an important one,” said the Coach in his Press conference.

“Everyone went through it and the young players can learn from the example of the more experienced players to fully understand where they are.

“Bentancur is very talented, professional and intelligent, which is important. I see him in the middle of the park, but he played wide over the summer because we didn’t have many other options.”

Allegri was asked about the tactical options and which line-up he’ll start against Lazio tomorrow evening.

“I have three or four doubts on the line-ups, so telling you it now is tricky. Gigi Buffon is playing! So are Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala, as for the rest, we’ll see. Ok, Mario Mandzukic too. That’s all you’re getting.”

Inevitably, the Bianconeri will adjust to the departure of Bonucci towards Milan.

“Bonucci was a great Juventus player, he gave a lot to Juventus, just as Juventus gave a lot to him. The mistake we must not make is to seek a player similar to Bonucci or who plays the same way. It’s impossible, like asking Stephan Lichtsteiner to play like Dani Alves. Every player is unique and must play to his own strengths.

“We change from three to four at the back based on the characteristics of the players. Experience tells me we often start the season with one system and then mutate it. Not everyone is the same, it takes a while to understand the right balance.”