Saturday September 22 2012
Pirlo rested for Pogba?

Andrea Pirlo looks set to be rested against Chievo this evening, giving Paul Pogba his Serie A debut for Juventus.

In the last couple of performances against Genoa and Chelsea, Pirlo has looked increasingly tired and the statistics show he has played 660 minutes of football in 40 days.

The 33-year-old has made 46 starts in a Juventus shirt since joining last season and only failed to finish two of those matches.

As a result, Antonio Conte and assistant Massimo Carrera look set to give Pirlo a rest in favour of Pogba for tonight’s game against Chievo.

It will be the former Manchester United man’s Serie A debut after he impressed in pre-season friendlies.

“There were misunderstandings with Sir Alex Ferguson,” Pogba told French newspaper L’Equipe.

“He kept telling me that my moment would arrive, but then I didn’t get to play. In order to join Juventus, I turned down many other options.”

Others who could be rested this evening include Andrea Barzagli, Stephan Lichtsteiner, Sebastian Giovinco and Arturo Vidal.

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