Sat 05 March 2022 | 13:55

Allegri on Dybala injury, Vlahovic doubts and interest in Pogba

The Juve boss said that their star forward will not feature in the battle against Spezia and he also talked about Dusan Vlahovic being a doubt for tomorrow's game.


need to grab all three points for the battle against


should they aim to consolidate their fourth-place spot in the

Serie A

table. they are three points above Atlanta, who sit fifth and have a game in hand. Spezia are also keen on getting all the points as they aim to avoid a relegation battle as they are four points ahead of Venezia in the 18th place.

Massimiliano Allegri

talked in a press conference and touched on what kind of match he wants his players to show.

“Spezia have won four away games; they are a team that plays and always leaves three players up front.

“They have technique, then the more you go on, the more points become heavy and the more difficult it is to win games. Tomorrow the stadium will be almost full, there will have to be a big boost from the fans too.”

The Bianconeri boss then talked about his squad’s condition before the game, highlighting that Paulo Dybala is dealing with an injury.

“He’ll be available tomorrow and will probably start. Regarding the injured players: Bonucci is out, we have to thank him because he played games where he wasn’t well.

“Alex Sandro is progressing well and I think I’ll have him for Villarreal, De Sciglio won’t be called up because of a knee problem he’s had for a while and we have to rest him tomorrow, Chiellini is still out, Bernardeschi is 100%.

“Dybala left yesterday’s training session early due to a pain in his flexor, he didn’t feel his leg was comfortable yet so he won’t be there tomorrow. He had a flexor problem.”

Allegri then spoke about their 1-0 victory over Fiorentina in the semi finals of the Coppa Italia.

“In Florence we played with confidence, suffering some situations on lost balls, we could have done better technically, but in that context we interpreted the game in the best way. You always have to understand the team’s momentum and the energy available.

“When you approach the end of the season, there is no recovery time, the points weigh more, we are also behind. You have to try in any way to get to the win and the guys are doing that, without being able to take rest.”

The Juve manager also revealed that Dusan Vlahovic may not be in the starting XI tomorrow.

“We are recovering some and we also have the Under-23 boys, who are good. I’m also happy with the way I’m seeing Kean, mentally he’s calm”.

“It would be a gamble to start Federico Bernardeschi. I’m thinking of starting Vlahovic from the bench, but I’ll decide tomorrow.”

He also talked about the competition for the title and whether Juventus have a shot at winning.

“The club’s thinking is to always fight for the biggest goal and we all agree. But there are numerical issues, which are the points and the league table. If Atalanta beat Toro, we’re fifth and the Scudetto quota, I repeat, is 84.”

Allegri praised Danilo, Juan Cuadrado and Adrien Rabiot.

“Danilo has already played as a centre-back, he’s an intelligent and charismatic player. Right now everyone is making themselves available, because it’s too important a moment in the season and because if you win you’re all happy.

“Cuadrado was also decisive in Florence, I think he’s doing very well. Rabiot gives substance and physicality to the midfield.”

He then talked about Dybala’s injuries and his future at the club.

“If we had known we would have solved it. We’re evaluating all the things we’ve done, with the athletic directors and the doctors to understand how best to manage them. To understand what they can depend on, we’re doing it to try to understand as best we can.

“Technically, how can you discuss a player like Paulo. Then there are the contractual aspects that don’t depend on me, Paulo has been at Juventus for eight years and I think that’s indisputable.”

At the end, the Juve coach commented on Juve’s links with Paul Pogba.

“On the market, talking about Pogba or something doesn’t make sense. He’s a Manchester United player and I don’t know what he’s going to do next year, we have a good relationship but at the moment it doesn’t make sense to talk about the market. We have to think about our objectives.”

source: SportMob

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