Mario Mandzukic is expected to start as Juventus’ centre-forward in their match with Atalanta today.
With Gonzalo Higuain ruled out after picking up an injury early in the win over Torino last weekend, Coach Max Allegri is set to move the Croatian into the middle from his usual position on the left.
Paulo Dybala is likely to start on the bench once more as he continues his return to fitness, so Mandzukic will be flanked by Alex Sandro on the left and Douglas Costa on the right in Juve’s 4-3-3 formation.
Juventus goalkeeper Gigi Buffon has backed new signing Gonzalo Higuain to thrive at the club.
The Argentine forward recently arrived in Turin from Napoli for a fee of €90m, the third highest in history.
During an interview with Sky Sport, Old Lady legend Buffon outlined the attributes he believes will make the 28-year-old a big hit at Juventus Stadium.
“Higuain? He could count for a lot,” Buffon remarked. “I think this because of his history as a player, the teams he has played for and the goals he has scored.
Gigi Buffon has set Juventus the target of wining the Champions League this season.
The Bianconeri have been dominant in Italian domestic football in recent years, winning five consecutive Scudetti and the League and cup double in the past two campaigns.
However, they have yet to translate this supremacy at home into European success, losing the 2015 final to Barcelona.
“The Champions League is a target for the team,” Buffon told Sky Sport on Thursday.
Captain Gigi Buffon says Italy have a “big chance” to seal Euro 2016 qualification tomorrow night.
The Azzurri face Azerbaijan in Baku, knowing that three points will make them mathematically certain of qualification for the tournament in France next summer.
“We have a big chance which we have to take,” Buffon noted in the pre-match Press conference.
“We have to leave the field with no regrets. It’s always nice to play big games like this.”
Pavel Nedved does not believe Alvaro Morata will leave Juventus for Real Madrid - “he’s ours, I only see him at Juve”.
The Spanish striker arrived in Turin in the summer of 2014, but Los Merengues retain a buyback clause for summer 2016.
“He’s ours, and I only see him at Juve,” Nedved, now a Bianconeri director, told reporters after a golf event.
“He’s very good, and I think so far he’s only at 60 per cent.”
Paulo Sousa urged Fiorentina fans to “dream, as it’s the first step towards achieving any target” ahead of the Atalanta game.
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“This will be a difficult game, as Edy Reja has so much experience in Serie A and is getting great results, losing only to Inter,” noted Sousa in a Press conference.
Paolo Maldini said the Ballon d’Or “has lost credibility” under FIFA and it’s “absurd” to exclude Gigi Buffon.
The Juventus captain’s absence from the long-list of candidates has infuriated the football world beyond Italy’s borders too and today Demetrio Albertini promised to “vote for him anyway as a write-in candidate.”
Italy legend Maldini spoke to La Gazzetta dello Sport about this remarkable snub.
Dino Zoff says “it’s difficult for goalkeepers to get to the end” in the Ballon d’Or, after Gigi Buffon was snubbed.
Buffon was not included on the 59-name shortlist for the award when it was leaked this morning, a decision which saw outcry from the footballing world.
“Certainly the exclusion of Gigi should be discussed,” Zoff, himself a legendary goalkeeper, told Calciomercato.
Gigi Buffon says he’s been "overwhelmed" by support after missing out on a Ballon d’Or nomination.
There was disbelief this morning when the Juventus goalkeeper was not named on the shortlist for the prize, while Arsenal’s David Ospina and Queen’s Park Rangers' Massimo Luongo made the cut.