With international football now on the back-burner until March, Juventus coach Max Allegri is preparing to welcome Pescara to the J Stadium on Saturday night. Here are the highlights from his press-conference earlier today.
ON HIGUAIN: “He will play tomorrow. He has recovered from his trip to South America and unless there is a last-minute problem he will be in the side”.
ON PESCARA: “This will not be an easy game. Pescara may be struggling in the standings but they play good football and create chances. We have only one result to achieve and that is to take three points. Tomorrow we will have a stronger line-up as the game against Sevilla in the week will not be decisive for Champions League progression. We have to win one of our final two games to ensure we go to the knockout phase”
ON MARCHISIO & THE INJURIES: “I will need to asses later today. I will select the team I feel is right for the game. Chiellini I will evaluate later, Pjaca is far from being ready and Dybala will be out for a month. Barzagli still needs time and Benatia arrived back with a sore knee which again I will evaluate later today”.
ON PJANIC: “He has certain type of characteristics. In Verona he played well on the right but he has pl;ayed a lot of games so I will assess his chances of starting tomorrow”.
ON KEAN: “He is growing but we must give him time. He had a dip in form but now he looks to be getting back to form. It’s important that he is ready because we may need to call upon him”.
ON ODDO: “He has proved to be an excellent coach. His teams play good football and he must be allowed to make mistakes. He has the qualities to become very successful as a coach”.
ON SEVILLA: “The game on Tuesday is more important for them than us. We must only think about Pescara then we will turn our attentions to Sevilla”.
ON DANI ALVES: “Dani is on vacation until tomorrow. Everyone needs time to rest after international games and I try to give all my players the right amount”
ON MANDZUKIC & HIGUAIN:
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