Over a week without a match for the Bianconeri will end on Wednesday as Massimiliano Allegri's side faces Atalanta at Allianz Stadium in the TIM Cup semi-final second leg. Here's what the manager had to say to reporters at Tuesday's press conference:
"Higuain has recovered to make it on the bench and everyone else is available including Khedira. The only ones not available are Cuadrado, De Sciglio and Bernardeschi."
"Tomorrow, Marchisio has an excellent chance to play, in the same formation as Sunday, except maybe one or two changes that I’ll evaluate today."
“[Dybala] needs minutes, there’s no doubt. Tomorrow, I’ll decide. Paulo will be in the match either from the start or as a sub and then Saturday’s match will give him more minutes…he’s much better overall, has had good training sessions and we need him on the field.”
"Gianluigi Buffon will be in goal tomorrow."
FOCUS ON THE CUP
"The Italian Cup for us is a big goal, first of all because in the modern era there has not been a team that has won the national cup four years in a row and this year us along with PSG and Barca have the chance. Tomorrow is an important goal as if it were a final and we need to be focused on that."
"We’ll have to respond quickly to think about Lazio but tomorrow our goal is, of course, to reach the final. It won’t be easy because Atalanta is a tough team looking to bounce back from their unfortunate European exit and they have a great chance to get to get to a final that doesn’t happen often for them. 1-0 is a result that gives you a few advantages, but tomorrow we need to score."