Juventus host Serie A newcomers Benevento tomorrow, with their visitors struggling to adapt to the big league with eleven straight losses in eleven games so far. However, manager Massimiliano Allegri cautioned against complacency despite their opponents’ lowly standing.
“It’s true Benevento haven’t picked up a point yet, but that is precisely why the numbers are terrifying. We can’t have the wrong attitude.
“Let’s not forget it happened to us against Frosinone, we were held to a draw by them. The historic example is Lecce, who were already relegated and still won against Roma, ending their Scudetto hopes.
“We must put the right passion in to this game, as this is the 120th anniversary of the club and we cannot afford a mistake right now.
"Victory tomorrow is fundamental. We've then got some big head-to-heads against our main rivals."
Allegri offered a squad update as well.
“There will be some changes, but most of the line-up will be the one that played on Tuesday against Sporting.
“Miralem Pjanic is out of the squad after sustaining a nasty bruise to his thigh, while Medhi Benatia had a couple of training half-sessions, but is not available and it took longer than expected.
“Claudio Marchisio could start tomorrow and I think Sami Khedira will be in the squad, but might rest.
“I don’t know if Mario Mandzukic will play tomorrow, as he’s been in many games. Juan Cuadrado or Federico Bernardeschi will play tomorrow.”
He also mentioned two players who seem to have hit a slump in recent weeks, and offered words of encouragement for both.
“At this moment, Alex Sandro’s performances are a little below par. These things can happen, I spoke to the lad. Paulo Dybala had very little time in training after the last journey for international duty and hasn’t looked sharp. After that, we should hopefully be able to focus more on fitness and training.
“I explained to him that against Sporting on Tuesday he did well, but lacked some sharpness. I am sure he’ll put in a good performance tomorrow, but he’s very young and not accustomed to these peaks and troughs.”