After a first full seven days between matches since January’s winter break, Massimiliano Allegri held his pre-match press conference ahead of Sunday’s Juve-Atalanta matchup at Allianz Stadium.
It’s the start of an all-important stretch of four matches in eleven days in three competitions that will have two key Serie A matches plus decisive Coppa Italia and UEFA Champions League second legs. Here’s what the Mister had to say on Saturday in Vinovo:
“It will be difficult for [Gonzalo] Higuain to play tomorrow and [Federico] Bernardeschi, as we have said, will be re-evaluated in a couple weeks. If therapy has done well for him, then good otherwise we’ll have to decide whether to operate or not.
[Blaise] Matuidi is all well and available, same with [Mario] Mandzukic. Mattia De Sciglio has a problem with his adductor and will be re-evaluated next week. [Benedikt] Howedes is available while [Juan] Cuadrado is working but still far from a return."
"Matuidi and Pjanic will start and then we’ll see between [Stefano] Sturaro, [Claudio] Marchisio and [Rodrigo] Bentancur."
"Tomorrow, [Gianluigi] Buffon will play like I said before the Torino match when he would have a break. [Stephan] Lichtsteiner will play and I’ll choose between Benatia and Rugani."