Max Allegri confirmed Paulo Dybala will start against Frosinone and could return Juventus to three at the back amid an injury crisis.
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The Bianconeri have a perfect start in Serie A and opened the Champions League with a 2-0 victory away to Valencia, even though that was overshadowed by Cristiano Ronaldo’s very harsh red card.
“Ronaldo is a wonderful added value for Juventus, as his performances show,” said the Coach in a Press conference.
“However, the team does not depend on him. There are very high expectations around Cristiano and he is also very demanding with himself, but he has nothing to prove. He just needs to play, have fun and score goals. What happened on Wednesday is already behind us.”
As Ronaldo faces at least a one-match ban in the Champions League, he’ll focus all his energy on Serie A for the next three rounds against Frosinone, Bologna and Napoli.
“I can confirm Dybala will start tomorrow. He is an important player, there are goals in those legs and he could also play as a centre-forward, although I’d have to make some adjustments. The team is improving in general and getting to know each other better.
“It is possible we could go to three at the back. If it is three, then one of Alex Sandro, Joao Cancelo and Juan Cuadrado will be rested. If we have four at the back, they could all be out there.
“Football is beautiful even when there aren’t many goals, because defence is part of the sport and, if it’s done well, looks magnificent.
“Frosinone and Bologna are both teams who will play the game of a lifetime against us, so we have to step it up. Focus is crucial, because there is the risk of too much positive energy after the Valencia win.”
Allegri confirmed that goalkeeper Mattia Perin will make his Juventus debut in Wednesday’s midweek round against Bologna.
Douglas Costa is both suspended for four Serie A rounds and injured following his spit at Sassuolo winger Federico Di Francesco.
“He paid his fine, he understood everything and what’s more is also now injured. That is behind us now, so no more talking about Sassuolo.”