Saturday January 12 2019
Allegri: 'Benatia out of Supercoppa'

Max Allegri confirmed Medhi Benatia will miss the Supercoppa with Milan and praised the Juventus squad players for beating Bologna.

Federico Bernardeschi and Moise Kean got the goals at the Stadio Dall’Ara in a 2-0 result that puts Juve in their 12th consecutive Coppa Italia quarter-final, a new tournament record.

“I am satisfied with qualification, as it wasn’t easy to win at Bologna in our first game after the winter break,” the Coach told Rai Sport.

The Bianconeri now fly straight to Jeddah for the Italian Super Cup showdown with Milan, who today beat Sampdoria 2-0 in extra time in the Coppa Italia.

“Wednesday is a one-off match, we already lost to them before on penalties, so hope to at least not go through extra time and penalties. We’re ready to play.

“Kean is young, he needs to grow, but he did well. Leonardo Spinazzola also had a good performance after a long injury lay-off.

“Bernardeschi was visibly back in shape both physically and psychologically during training. With Mandzukic out at the moment, all these players become important."

There was a last-minute change to the line-up this evening, as Benatia pulled out in the warm-up and was replaced by Giorgio Chiellini.

“Benatia got hurt with a groin inflammation in the warm-up, so he won’t take part in Jeddah. We’re already without Andrea Barzagli, but hope to have Joao Cancelo back.”