Friday September 28 2012
Pirlo will play, say Juventus

Andrea Pirlo will start for Juventus in the Serie A showdown against Roma on Saturday. “And he’ll be a protagonist.”

Reports this week had suggested that the playmaker could be rested, but the Turin giants have today dismissed such a notion.

“Pirlo will play and he’ll be a protagonist,” Juventus ‘keeper Coach Claudio Filippi said at Vinovo on Friday. “Andrea is certainly available now and will be available, so I don’t see any problems.

“How has he reacted to the rumours? Pirlo is a great professional. He’s a really calm kind of guy and there is no problem.”

Filippi answered the questions in the pre-game Press conference after Massimo Carrera, Juve’s touchline boss while Antonio Conte is banned, wasn’t put forward.

“It was Conte’s decision,” Filippi added. “Massimo and myself are the two voices of the technical staff right now.

“Massimo and myself discuss how things are going during matches. But we prepare for each game well with the Coach.”

Asked about the fitness of Leonardo Bonucci, Filippi admitted that he was at risk for the tie because of injury.

“Today’s training session will be important for him as it will be the last before the game. We’ll then have clear ideas about what squad to name.”

Roma boss Zdenek Zeman today described Juventus as the best team in the championship right now and Filippi repaid the compliment.

“They are a strong side with important players,” he noted. “They are a team who are targeting the title and a team who will compete with us to win the title.”

Zeman is an unpopular figure amongst the Juve faithful, but Filippi wouldn’t be drawn into whether he would advise the home fans to not jeer him.

“That question is a bit too complicated for myself. Fans are a spontaneous group and they’ll behave in the manner that they feel like.”

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