Sevilla v Juventus
Champions League – Tuesday, 22nd November – 19:45 GMT – Stadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán
Gonzalo Higuain and Medhi Benatia are both ruled out with injuries while Giorgio Chiellini will start from the bench meaning Max Allegri is most likely to field a 4-3-3 formation.
“It’s simple.” Allegri told the press at his pre-match conference.
“Tomorrow Cuadrado will play off the striker or we’ll play with three up-front. With the players I have available, Mandzukic will play alone or with Cuadrado alongside him. Cuadrado could play on one wing, then on the other Sturaro, Alex Sandro or the kid Kean could play.
“Regardless of the formation, we know we’re facing a side which hasn’t conceded so far in the group, so they’re still unbeaten.
“We hope to be the first team to score against them. They’re a team with a very good attacking level and they’re good on set pieces because they have a lot of physicality.
“It’s not a feat to win without Higuain and Dybala, it’s a football match where we have to do well. The players I have available are capable of putting in a good performance.
“We know that the only result which would guarantee us mathematical qualification is a win, a draw wouldn’t guarantee mathematical qualification.
“We’re facing Sevilla, who are playing good football and are third in the Spanish League, so it will be a beautiful game as they all are in the Champions League.”
Allegri confirmed Higuain took a knock during Saturday’s 3-0 victory over Pescara.
“He took a knock which sometimes can get better in a day or sometimes can be worse. Yesterday there was a doubt about whether he’d be available or not but this morning he wasn’t able. Among other things it’s an area of the thigh where he’d already taken a knock with Argentina, so it would be too risky to chance losing him for a month.
“It’s not like we can go on holiday after tomorrow, we have tomorrow then we have four big games in the League and the final Champions League match. We’ve got the players we’ve got for tomorrow, and they can play a great match.
“If you finish first and the draw throws up a more beatable second-placed team then you did well to finish first
“If you get an easier first place team then it was lucky that you finished second. We need to play for top spot, because that’s the main objective, especially to secure qualification without going to the last day.
“It’s normal though that after that the pot will tell us what is best. When we got to the final we finished second and we got to the final all the same.
“Looking at the groups, they’re divided about 50-50 at the moment, so right now finishing first or second counts for absolutely nothing.
“The objective is the next round, that’s what we know for sure. That’s the first objective of the season from now until December 23.
“We have an important objective tomorrow, to win away, to score against Sevilla and play a great game, then of course Sevilla are doing great things in La Liga.
“It will be a difficult and complicated game, like all Champions League games. We still have to win, because a win tomorrow then a win in the last game would guarantee first place.
“It’s a game for qualification to be won, then the second is to finish first or second.
“Benatia has a knee problem, he’s working and we hope to have him available for Sunday. We’ll evaluate him to see if he improves or not.
“Pjanic is fine, I rested him on Saturday because he’s played a lot of games and he had a bit of a knock to his foot.
“Every now and then it’s good for players to rest, because everyone needs to catch their breath since they play so much. Pjanic has played a lot of games between the start of the season and now.
“Who will be the creator? Marchisio will play. So there are two, Marchisio and Pjanic.”
4-3-3: Buffon; Dani Alves, Bonucci, Rugani, Evra; Khedira, Marchisio, Pjanic; Cuadrado, Mandzukic, Dani Alves.
Pjaca (fibula), Mandragora (foot), Dybala (thigh), Higuain (thigh), Benatia (knee), Barzagli (shoulder)
4-4-3: Rico; Mariano, Pareja, Rami, Escudero; Iborra, Kranevitter, N’Zonzi; Vitolo, Vietto, Nasri
Infographics from kickoff.co.uk