Massimiliano Allegri promised changes as Juventus host Sassuolo, including Emre Can, while “Cristiano Ronaldo should break the ice.”
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“Miralem Pjanic and Giorgio Chiellini are likely to be rested,” announced the Coach in his Press conference.
“I still have to decide on Sami Khedira. It ought to be the first start tomorrow for Emre Can, who came from a different style of football and it was only natural he’d need a period to adapt, especially after an injury.
“Emre Can and Rodrigo Bentancur can both replace Pjanic, even if they have different characteristics. If Alex Sandro doesn’t start, then either Mattia De Sciglio or Joao Cancelo will play. Medhi Benatia and Daniele Rugani are both in good shape and available.
“I can confirm Mario Mandzukic will start and so will Wojciech Szczesny – there will be room for Mattia Perin as the season goes on. Those who played two international games won’t start, with the exception of Blaise Matuidi.”
Cristiano Ronaldo skipped Portugal’s Nations League win over Italy in order to focus on training with his new club.
“Cristiano worked well and I think tomorrow he will break his duck,” continued Allegri. “I expect nothing more or less than what he did in the first three games, but I believe tomorrow he’ll find the back of the net and break the ice.
“With no offence to Luka Modric, I’d give the Ballon d’Or to Ronaldo for what he did last season. I think he deserves it.”
Sassuolo are still unbeaten after three rounds and sit in second place, having already beaten Inter, so it’s a tough test for the Bianconeri.
“Roberto De Zerbi is a talented young Coach and his teams play good football. The table tells us this is a head-to-head for position. Sassuolo have enthusiasm, good players and a Coach who is making his mark.
“Over the last few games, we have allowed a bit too much at the back and need to be more solid.”