03 January 2023
Juventus are set to return to league action at 18:30 CET on Wednesday at the Stadio Zini to face Cremonese in Serie A Week 16. Coach Max Allegri excitedly looked ahead to the game in his pre-match press conference on Tuesday.
“We’re starting up again tomorrow after a 52-day break and we’re in for a very tough game straight away against a team that didn’t concede in their last two home matches. They also gave Napoli a run for their money despite losing in the end. Cremonese get a lot of shots and crosses in, so we’ll need to take to the pitch with respect and humility. Substitutions will play a key role.”
“[Paul] Pogba is running. The most important thing right now is that his knee isn’t swollen. If he carries on like this for the next two to three weeks, he’ll be able to train with the squad. [Federico] Chiesa is doing better and has been in full training. He’s ready to play some part tomorrow. [Angel] Di Maria and [Leandro] Paredes are back and doing well. I’ll assess today whether [Wojciech] Szczesny can play or not. [Adrien] Rabiot came back from the World Cup raring to go. [Dusan] Vlahovic is doing well. I hope to have everyone available in three weeks’ time.”
THE LEAGUE RESTART
“It’ll be important to play as a team in Cremona. Games are always tougher after breaks. I’m interested to see how the approach will be. The biggest game of the season is our next one and we need to approach it with desire and a sense of responsibility. Napoli are clear favourites for the Scudetto at the moment, so now our aim is to get into the top four and go all the way in the Coppa Italia and the Europa League.”