NEWS
Friday September 8 2017
Allegri confirms Juventus changes

Massimiliano Allegri confirms Juventus will rest Gigi Buffon against Chievo, with Sami Khedira and Claudio Marchisio out injured.

The Bianconeri face Barcelona in the Champions League on Tuesday night, and there will be some changes to the first XI when the Flying Donkeys visit Turin tomorrow.

“There are players to choose from,” Allegri said in his pre-match Press conference.

“Among other things, Khedira is out and Marchisio is still recovering, hopefully he’ll be back soon because he needs to reinforce that leg so we’ll see when he comes back.

“[Giorgio] Chiellini is out, we hope to have him against Barcelona. I think Cuadrado is back in because I didn’t see him yesterday, and Dybala worked separately yesterday [after international duty].

“The others are all available, they’re all fine. Those who stayed here [over the international break] worked well.

“Among others [Gonzalo] Higuain who wasn’t called-up did well from every point of view: from a physical point of view he needed to work and he’s much better, as well as from a mental point of view because he definitely wants to get back into the national team having missed out.

“The others worked well, everyone has grown so we’re ready to get started again.

“The season begins here because the first two games were like a little taster of the season and now the real season starts, with a month in which we have seven games, five in the league and two in the Champions League.

“Tomorrow Buffon will be rested and Szczesny will play. [Andrea] Barzagli is back today, we gave him two days rest and he’s rejoined the team.

“So he’ll be available, and the others are all fine.

“As far as [Benedikt] Howedes is concerned he’s fine, he’s adapting to new ways of working and I’m happy with what he’s doing, but I’ll have to look at him today.

“[Blaise] Matuidi will play tomorrow, Matuidi and [Miralem] Pjanic will play and after that I need to evaluate whether to play those two or an extra midfielder, I’ll need to evaluate that after training today.

“Matuidi is an international player, it’s not like I’m just discovering him. He’s played with all sorts of Coaches in the French national team and that’s the most important thing.”

Allegri also gave his assessment of Chievo, who have one win and one loss from their first two matches.

“Chievo are a well-organised team who have been doing well in Serie A for several years. They’ve stayed in Serie A for a long time and they’re guided by a top Coach [Rolando Maran].

“They’re always difficult to play, especially in the first part of the season. They’ve already won in Udine and they lost to Lazio in the last-minute having played a good game.

“Tomorrow we have to get back underway with three points, and we need to play a focused match.

“We need to work on the defensive phase because even in Genoa, never mind being a bit casual, we conceded two goals having started well against Cagliari.

“So we definitely need to improve in that regard, and tomorrow is an important test for us. In any case, we have to take three points.”