Pirlo has talked about his squad before their Genoa clash.
has confirmed that Buffon and Chiellini will be amongJuventus
starters in their Coppa Italia clash against Genoa.
Here is what Juventus boss said about their match against Genoa:
“It’s an important match, the start of a new competition for us,”
Pirlo told JTV
“At the start, people act as if the Coppa Italia is of no interest, but once they get to the end, everyone enjoys it. In order to get there, we have to win tomorrow evening.
“We saw a few games, the intensity of Genoa changed after Ballardini took over from Maran, they are more of an attacking team, show more energy. It’s going to be a very difficult match to play, hard-fought, and we want to win.
“I don’t think the overall approach will have changed much, though, so they’ll try to defend, probably with five men at the back, trying to go on the counter. We have studied Genoa and are preparing well.
“We are evaluating who is in good shape and the injured players who won’t be able to participate. I can say Chiellini will return, as he’s been training with us for a while now, and Gigi will start in goal.”
And about their performance before going to Christmas break he added:
“That game was the bolt from the blue, but it can happen when we play this many games in quick succession. We came together after that and showed above all mental strength, determination and the desire to bring home the result at all costs.
“We rediscovered concentration rather than those ups and downs during a match. We clarified what our objectives were and tried to focus only on ourselves.”