Saturday January 18 2020
Sarri: 'Evaluating Juve trident'

Maurizio Sarri hinted he could bring back the all-star Juventus trident against Parma, but shrugged off Federico Bernardeschi to Barcelona rumours.

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The coach was asked in his press conference if he was going to return to the trident attack of Paulo Dybala, Cristiano Ronaldo and Gonzalo Higuain against a more defensive opponent like Parma.

“We’ll see how everyone is doing and then decide,” was his response.

“It’s not because we’re in Serie A, as there are times in the Premier League when I wouldn’t have used that system either. It depends on the balance of the team and the type of match you want to play.

“Only Higuain has a precise role, whereas the other two are instinctive and bring a lot of quality to every position they take. Dybala has done well alongside everyone, but clearly, when both Ronaldo and Dybala are on the field at the same time, we have to take counter-measures in other areas of the pitch.

“Parma are a solid team who play with great physicality and strong strikers. Their position in the table is surprising only to a certain degree. They are also extremely dangerous on the counter-attack and earned their best results away from home. Our attitude must be to not allow them the situations they tend to relish.”

Parma are expected to start Dejan Kulusevski, who has already signed for Juventus at a cost of €35m plus up to €9m in bonuses, but will remain on loan at the Tardini for six months.

“I hope tomorrow that our players are able to contain him and that he does well with us in six months from now.”

With regards to transfers, Sarri was asked about the Spanish reports that Federico Bernardeschi could be exchanged for Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic.

“Nobody said anything to me, so as far as I am concerned, it’s not an issue.”

Juventus were crowned Winter Champions last week, breaking two points clear of Inter, but the Nerazzurri are investing in January with Ashley Young, probably Christian Eriksen and Olivier Giroud too. Does Sarri fear them?

“Fear is a big word, this is still just sport. I am not following what we are doing on the market, let alone what Inter are doing. We are aware that we can have our journey and that’s all that matters.

“The dumbest thing in football is trying to calculate when and where you might get points or drop them. You have to take it one game at a time, as six weeks is a lifetime in football.”

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