With Serie A's last-place team coming to Turin on Wednesday night, common logic would tell you that Juventus manager Max Allegri will probably make a couple of changes to his starting lineup. Usually coy about what's in the cards, Allegri is never truly going to reveal his full hand, instead choosing to make us wait it out until the starting lineups are revealed on game day to actually get our answers. What a guy, right?
But for his answer of "I've got options to potentially rest some players" Allegri rolled out some actual lineup news just a little while ago. No, seriously, he did! Just keep reading!
Allegri announced during his pre-match press conference on Tuesday afternoon that summer signing Neto — who arrived from Fiorentina on a free transfer and replaced Marco Storari as Juventus' backup goalkeeper — will get the start in goal against Frosinone on Wednesday night. It will be the Brazilian's full Juventus debut, meaning that he will be the latest summer arrival to get to wear a Juve jersey for the first time officially.
.@OfficialAllegri: "@Neto_Murara will start #JuveFrosinone in place of @gianluigibuffon."— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) September 22, 2015
Ah, so for the first time this current Serie A season, somebody other than Gianluigi Buffon will be wearing the captain's armband and leading Juventus out of the tunnel. The way San Gigi has played this season, I think it's safe to say that he's earned a day off. And when you're playing a team that has scored just one goal in four games, Allegri probably feels pretty confident that this is the right timing to give Neto his full debut.
Other things of note during Allegri's pre-match press conference:
- Defender Martin Cáceres, who missed the trip to Genoa over the weekend because of injury, will once again be held out of the match day squad due to muscle fatigue he's dealing with. With the midweek fixture Wednesday, Cáceres would have probably been an option to start at right back to give Stephan Lichtsteiner a rest after featuring against both Manchester City and Genoa last week.
- Striker Álvaro Morata, who got word that he was not injured seriously in the Genoa game despite having to be removed in the first half Sunday, is likely out for the Frosinone match. Or at least that's what it sounds like from afar after seeing what Allegri had to say. Seems like Allegri and his medical staff are doing the right thing and choosing to play it safe with Morata's status knowing that it's very early in the season and Napoli awaits Juve this weekend.
- Midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah "will soon be available for selection," according to Allegri. Asamoah has yet to appear in any game this season due to his continued recovery from knee surgery.
- Allegri had some nice things to say about Daniele Rugani. Maybe the talking up of the 21-year-old defender means Rugani might get to play against Frosinone on Wednesday. Or maybe it's just Allegri saying that he has high hopes for Rugani despite the fact that he hasn't played in a game yet this season. All of the above could also be a legitimate option in this case.