Allegri talks ahead of Bologna-Juventus


A quick turnaround for Juventus and the rest of Serie A due to the midweek round. Coach Massimiliano Allegri spoke today to the press prior to the Bologna tilt and started off by weighing on Cristiano Ronaldo: “He is fine physically, he needs to keep playing and scoring and he will be suspended on Tuesday in Champions League, so he will play tomorrow.”

On the Frosinone match: “We played an excellent game, especially in the second half, with patience, quickness and lucidity. We need to get used to winning these tricky fixtures.”

On Rodrigo Bentancur: “He did well, but he needs to be more convinced. He has a big chance to play tomorrow, Blaise Matuidi will return to the XI, then I will have to pick one between Miralem Pjanic and Emre Can.”

On Mattia Perin and the defence: “Perin will start tomorrow. Giorgio Chiellini will rest, then I have a doubt about Alex Sandro. Joao Cancelo could play on the left wing, or I could put Federico Bernardeschi there if needed.”

On Bologna: “It is a must-win game. They soundly defeat Roma, they know how to play under pressure and counter. Filippo Inzaghi proved to be a very good coach. We played like a grown-up squad in Frosinone. We must maintain the lead over Napoli.”

On Paulo Dybala: “He will start tomorrow after a good performance in Frosinone. He can not be judged solely for his goals. Mario Mandzukic should rest, so Moise Kean might have an opportunity, I thought about fielding him before as well.”

On Federico Bernardeschi: “He improved a lot, he gets all the credit because when he joined he realized that to be in a top team he needed to get better in all expects. He played as box-to-box on Sunday and as a winger in Valencia.”

On Leonardo Spinazzola: “He is recovering quickly and he is returning very well from the injury. The next step is to play the games at the end of practices. He is getting close.”

On Andrea Barzagli: “He is healthy and could be an option. He does not need to train a lot.”

On the late goals: “I think it is a positive element, it could be a weapon for the rest of the season. If the opponents start to wear down and we increase our intensity, it is clear thant we have more opportunities to score.”

On Giuseppe Marotta getting the award as best executive in Europe: “We must congratulate him and I am happy that Lionel Messi voted me as third best coach.”

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