After picking up two hard-fought wins in the space of a few days against Udinese and Olympique Lyonnais, the Bianconeri go into Saturday’s clash with Milan in high spirits, but wary of the challenge of taking on an improving Rossoneri outfit who sit five points below them in third place.
From analysing the opposition as well as his own options on the pitch tomorrow, here’s what Massimiliano Allegri had to say ahead of tomorrow’s match.
Ready for the Rossoneri
“Milan vs Juventus is always a massive match. They’re doing well this season with plenty of young, talented players who run, cover a lot of ground, possess good technique and are growing all the time under the guidance of an excellent coach in Vincenzo Montella.
“We know that they’re dangerous on the counter-attack with the likes of M’Baye Niang and Suso down the wings and that’s something we need to be prepared for. Furthermore, in Carlos Bacca they’ve a striker who’s very good at exploiting any space afforded to him in the final third.
“No doubt about it, tomorrow’s will be a tough contest. We’ll need to stand strong and play well technically too.”
Situation on the sidelines
“Of all the players recovering from injury, Mario Mandzukic is the only one who might feature tomorrow night.
“Giorgio Chiellini is on the cusp of a return, but won’t be ready until Wednesday and our game against Sampdoria.
“Marko Pjaca isn’t available tomorrow either. Claudio Marchisio will be called up to the squad, having played for 60 minutes in Wednesday’s warm-up friendly against Fossano.
“Meanwhile, Daniele Rugani trained yesterday and we’re continuing to monitor his condition closely.”
On-pitch options at the San Siro
“Tomorrow in defence I’ll go with Medhi Benatia, Andrea Barzagli, Leonardo Bonucci and Patrice Evra.
“Stephan Lichtsteiner played well against Udinese and Dani Alves likewise in the second half at Lyon, especially when we shifted to a back four, pushing Juan Cuadrado further forwards.
“Juan would normally deserve to be starting matches, but at this moment in time I need players with his skillset to make an impact off the bench, because he’s the only one with his characteristics apart from Pjaca, who is out injured.
“Up front, Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala are working well together, but let’s not forget that Mandzukic has also played some good games and I hope he’ll also be available for selection tomorrow as he’s an important player for us this season.
“Pjaca too will be a big plus for us when he returns. Tomorrow there might be an opportunity for Moise Kean to play a part of the match against Milan.”