Juventus v Pescara
Serie A Week 13 – Saturday, 19th November – 19:45 GMT – Juventus Stadium
Max Allegri has outlined his objectives for December as well as dropping some hints on his starting XI for the match against Pescara.
“Higuain will play tomorrow, I do not see why he shouldn’t,” Allegri told his pre-match Press conference. “Unless something happens today in training.
“As for his mood, we know that in football there are moments when things are going well, and sometimes they go less well.
“He’s back, he’s smiling, and is peaceful and calm. With us he is having a good season, the Argentine national team won and are on course to qualify for the World Cup, so I don’t see a reason why he wouldn’t be happy.
“First of all, with regard to tomorrow’s game, as always the game after the break is the most dangerous, because you have to retrace what you have done in the championship, then there’s a month before the Christmas break.
“This month we have three objectives to be achieved the first is the qualification for the Champions League, the second is to keep the top spot before the Winter Break and the third is that of the Super Cup, then comes Christmas.
“On Saturday it will not be an easy match because Pescara are a good team despite their league position. But I think this is normal at the beginning, they are a team that plays very well, which creates a lot, that in all the games he created many chances, but often did not deserve to lose.
“It’s normal that they lack a little experience at the top level, but we must know that we have only one possible result, that of victory.
“So tomorrow will be playing the best formation because Sevilla is not decisive. We have two games in the Champions League, Sevilla and Dinamo Zagreb at home. We just need a win for mathematical qualification.
“But right now the Champions League must be placed on the backburner because the prerogative is to beat Pescara tomorrow, and I repeat that it will not be easy. Above all we must get to Christmas at the top.”
“Marchisio is fine, he has trained, I will have to decide after training today. Then on Tuesday I will rotate the squad from Saturday, this has always been the strength of Juventus and must continue to be.
“Today I will evaluate whether Chiellini is available. Benatia has returned from the National team with knee pain, today I will assess whether he will be available or not.”
Allegri was quizzed about a possible first senior start for 16-year-old Primavera starlet Moise Kean.
“The kid is growing, but it is also the time to continue to develop. He came to train with us and he did very well. Then he had a moment where he was down, because this is normal psychologically.
“The exertion of mental and physical energy in the first team is different than the Primavera..Let’s see how the game goes. It may be that there is a need for him, but not necessarily. The important thing is to be ready to play.”
3-5-2: Buffon; Rugani, Bonucci, Benatia; Lichtsteiner, Sturaro, Hernanes, Pjanic, Sandro; Mandzukic, Higuain.
Pjaca (fibula), Mandragora (foot), Dybala (thigh), Barzagli (shoulder)
4-3-2-1: Bizzarri; Zampano, Campagnaro, Fornasier, Crescenzi; Memushaj, Aquilani, Brugman; Benali, Caprari; Manaj
Oh my,.. first half was terrible..again.. why can’t allegri change this because it’s been like this for months. It’s like he’s saying in training ‘okay guys we’ve been playing like shit but we’re getting the results so just keep on doing what you’re doing..
What a goal!
I see Kean finally played?
Wow, never expected kean to actually get mins…
He was born in the year 2000…I still remember the night the clock hit 12 am that new years evening/night/morning whatever…
Fortunate bastard, while im out here struggling to get an mls team to acknowledge my greatness xD