Saturday May 1 2021
Pirlo: 'Morata in doubt against Udinese'

Alvaro Morata is in doubt for tomorrow’s match with Udinese, confirms Andrea Pirlo, so Paulo Dybala will partner Cristiano Ronaldo for Juventus, while Federico Chiesa won't start.

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Morata had been tipped to start, but Pirlo announced in his press conference that the Spaniard might not even make the trip.

“Ronaldo will play with Dybala, because Morata is not in good shape. He had a problem yesterday with his calf muscle and we’ll evaluate his condition today,” said the coach.

“We will decide whether or not to bring him to Udine with us tomorrow. Danilo is fine, Federico Chiesa less so, as he trained separately from the group this week. He is not at 100 per cent yet and it’d be risky to start him tomorrow.

“Arthur only trained with the team yesterday due to another problem, Aaron Ramsey is still separate. We’ve had a few issues. Dejan Kulusevski trained with his teammates all week and could start.”

It was Morata who came off the bench and scored the goal to snatch a 1-1 draw at Fiorentina last week.

The Bianconeri need a victory after they were caught in joint third place by Napoli, falling behind Atalanta.

“Udinese are a very physical team full of players who also have great technical quality, not just Rodrigo De Paul and Roberto Pereyra.

“They concede very few goals, defend well and are organised. It’s a difficult game that awaits us, but we have an objective in our minds.”