NEWS
Thursday September 3 2015
Allegri: 'Expect goals from Hernanes'

Coach Max Allegri says he 'expects goals' from Juventus new signings Hernanes and Mario Leminas.

The new players for the Bianconeri have a lot to live up to after the departure of champions like Andrea Pirlo and Arturo Vidal.

Replacing them proved a challenging task for director general Beppe Marotta, and Coach Max Allegri recognised the difficulty of the task.

“The transfer campaign wasn't easy,” he said, in an interview with Tuttosport. "But now we have a competitive team that can challenge on multiple fronts.

“Some important players left us, but others with excellent qualities have joined. Unfortunately we had a few injuries.

"[Alvaro] Morata is already back, and with the return of [Claudio] Marchisio and [Sami] Khedira our midfield will be complete, in terms of numbers as well as from a tactical-technical point of view.”

The 48-year-old then discussed some of the team's new signings, starting from former Lazio and Inter player Hernanes.

“I'm expecting goals from Hernanes. We're talking about an important player, who was part of the Brazilian national team and who'll certainly do well with us.

“I'm happy about his arrival because he has experience, quality, technique and goals in his legs. He also takes free kicks.

“He's an excellent signing. And Lemina is a quality youngster, though of course he'll have to develop over time.

“[Paul] Pogba? I'm glad he stayed, but I never had any doubts that he might leave.

“Paul is an excellent player, but he is young and he can improve even further.

“I think he'll have another excellent championship, like in the last few years.”