Massimiliano Allegri introduces Juventus-Sassuolo

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Massimiliano Allegri held today the usual pre-game press conference.

On the Fifa World Player of the year award: “I would give it to Ronaldo for what he did in the last season. Without taking anything away from Modric, Ronaldo deserves the nod.”

On Roberto De Zerbi: “He is a young and talented coach. His teams play well. The standing says that it will be a head-to-head clash. They have enthusiasm, good players and a coach that is proving his worth.”

On Paulo Dybala: “He did not play for tactical reasons, his skills are undeniable. Luckily, we resume playing ever three days. I liked how he entered the Parma game. He has to find the right condition, like everybody else, working and answering on the pitch. All this pressure on him is not healthy. If he did not perform today, you would bash him. I have to protect him.”

On some possible rotation: “Who played twice with his national team will not start, except for Blaise Matuidi.”

On Ronaldo: “He worked well and I think he will score tomorrow. I expect from him no more and no less than what he did in the first three matches.”

On the starting goalkeeper: “Wojciech Szczesny will start tomorrow even though Mattia Perin is practicing well. He will play soon.”

On the XI: “Giorgio Chiellini could have a day off, while Mario Mandzukic will play. It should be Emre Can’s first start. Miralem Pjanic is unlikely to play, while I have yet to decide about Sami Khedira. Can is coming for a different type of football, he needs an adaptation period, especially after a long layoff.”

On the national team: “Roberto Mancini just started his work, we need patience and confidence. Everybody needs to look for the right solution. We might have to re-think our ideas of football, maybe looking at the past. We need to help the educators and teachers. The usual methods might need some adjustments. But not everything has to be brushed aside, not in the recent or the more distant past. The fact that we lack young prospect might depend from who teaches football.”

On the break: “Everybody returned well from the international duties. The team is starting to find the right shape and playing every three days will help.”

On Juventus U23: “I know coach Zironelli very well, I played a year with him at Pescara. It is a squad with good and technical players. Playing in Serie C will be very formative for their character and will help them.”

On the line-up: “Mattia De Sciglio or Joao Cancelo will start on the left if Alex Sandro does not. Rodrigo Bentancur and Emre Can can both replace Pjanic even though they have different traits. We also have Nicolò Fagioli in the roster, who was born in 2001 and knows how to play. It is a pleasure to see him on the pitch. Medhi Benatia and Daniele Rugani are fine and could play.”

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