Massimiliano Allegri warns his players against complacency tomorrow - “Juventus haven’t won at Verona since 2001…”
The Bianconeri are second in Serie A and haven’t conceded a goal in their last eight games, and they face the Butei tomorrow.
“What’s on paper doesn’t count,” Allegri warned in his pre-match Press conference.
“What matters is the pitch. Among other things, Juventus haven’t won at Verona [in Serie A] since 2001, and have lost so many times.
“I think Juventus have lost 10 times in 17 games at Verona, and only won seven times so tomorrow is a game for us where we need to take three points.
“There are some matches, like the big head-to-head games, where anything can happen and some where nothing but winning can happen, all you can do is take the three points.
“Tomorrow is one of those games, because with anything else we’d be throwing away everything we did this month, so we need to try and stay close to Napoli, because we have two important league matches before the winter break and we want to close our the first half of the season in the best way.”
Allegri was then asked which players he has available for tomorrow.
“[Miralem] Pjanic won’t be there, just as [Gigi] Buffon won’t be there, just as [Mattia] De Sciglio won’t be there and [Juan] Cuadrado won’t be there. They definitely won’t be there.
“Cuadrado has another inflammation in his pubis, so he’s out. We hope to have him for Wednesday, but it’s very difficult.
“One of [Rodrigo] Bentancur or [Claudio] Marchsio will play in place of Pjanic, or we’ll move to a two-man midfield. I have to evaluate the last day of training and then we’ll decide.
“Bentancur is a 20-year-old kid in an important squad like Juventus’ and he’s always been called upon, and when he has been he’s done well.
“He’s growing, and just like everyone else he must improve, not least because he’s a young lad.”
Could Marko Pjaca be loaned out in January to get more playing time after his knee injury?
“We’ll talk to the lad and evaluate things, since he hasn’t played for nine months and he needs to be playing.
“So we’ll talk to him and we’ll decide what’s best for him and for Juventus, because he’s an important player.”