Tuesday December 19 2017
Allegri: ‘Dybala plays tomorrow’

Max Allegri confirms Paulo Dybala will play for Juventus against Genoa, but it’s “difficult” for Mario Mandzukic and Mattia De Sciglio to recover for Roma.

The Bianconeri face the Grifone in the Coppa Italia tomorrow, but their squad has been devastated by injuries.

With a clash with the capital club to come at the weekend, the Coach began his Press conference by talking about two of the injured players.

“These are two difficult recoveries, both for De Sciglio and Mandzukic,” Allegri admitted.

“Mandzukic has had 13 stitches and De Sciglio has a problem with his flexor, and we’ll evaluate him in the coming days.

“It’s difficult for him to be available against Roma though.

“As for tomorrow, Dybala, [Daniele] Rugani and [Federico] Bernardeschi will play.

“[Claudio] Marchisio is another player who could be part of the game tomorrow. Tomorrow is a game, an important objective, because it’s a competition which is worth as much as the league and the Champions League.

“It’s a competition Juventus compete in, which the lads have won for the past three years so we need to try and go as far as possible, create the conditions to reach the final.

“If we go through it will give us an important boost to face Roma on Saturday, these are four very important days between tomorrow and Saturday with Roma.”

Giallorossi Coach Eusebio Di Francesco praised Allegri’s European record, and the Juve boss was asked if he’d like to return the compliments.

“Di Francesco absolutely does not need my compliments, because he did really well with Sassuolo and now he’s doing really well with Roma.

“Roma is a complicated, difficult environment but he knows it because he played there. It’s a well put together squad with important players, and above all he’s been good at giving them balance, which means Roma give up very few scoring chances.

“As I said in the Press conference last week, the Roma goalkeeper doesn’t make many saves, he hasn’t made very many saves in these league games and, if I’m not mistaken, they’ve won 1-0 five or six times?

“So it will be a nice game, but we’ll think about it from Thursday, and I think we’d do better to face it with qualification in our pocket.”

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