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Allegri: Pjaca might replace Dybala in starting XI

Manager’s pre-match comments ahead of Palermo trip

US Citta di Palermo v Juventus FC - Serie A
Massimiliano Allegri
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Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri is looking to continue tinkering with the side as they travel to Palermo this weekend. In his pre-match press conference earlier today, he addressed rumours that Colombian Juan Cuadrado had stormed out of training earlier this week after he found out that he wouldn’t be in the starting eleven for the game against Cagliari that Juve won 4-0.

Reports said that Allegri proceeded to drop him completely from the squad for the game against the Isolani. Cuadrado later apologized and has been reinstated to the team. Allegri said that he wouldn’t start the game, but could come in later.

“From the beginning no, but maybe in the match.

“He did all the training the other day and asked me to go home because he was upset, so I decided to go along with him, but he’s back now and it’s all good.”

On the topic of Paulo Dybala, who is yet to score a goal despite playing well and being a key part of the attack -

“Dybala could start from the bench tomorrow but don't take that as written.

"After a year here growing, now it is now more difficult for him. He is having good games but has more attention from opponents - they know him now.

"He is playing well at the moment. The only thing that is missing is a goal.

"He must stay calm. He has played a lot of matches and could start on the bench."

He then spoke about possibly giving new signing Marko Pjaca a first start in place of Dybala -

“They have different characteristics, he’s grown a lot lately. They can both play with Mandzukic and Higuain.

“Dybala isn’t nervous, the more you look for something, the less you find it, so he must feel comfortable.

“We play differently without Dybala, but Pjaca can play as a second striker. He has great qualities and I’m convinced that he’ll become very strong.

“The League where he comes from, however, is different to ours. Alvaro Morata had a different experience, a different path.”

Allegri then updated the status of Gigi Buffon, Giorgio Chiellini and Sami Khedira -

“Chiellini will be rested. I still have to evaluate the midfield. Khedira will return, but I’ll have to rotate. Buffon will be in goal.”