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Manager’s comments ahead of tonight’s high-visibility clash against the MLS All-Stars

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Juventus are in the United States on their preseason tour, and will play in the highlight Major League Soccer All-Star game tonight. This is the first time the Bianconeri have been invited to take on the best of what the MLS has to offer, with the game being held in Atlanta starting at 7:30pm local time.

Speaking alongside Giorgio Chiellini and Miralem Pjanic, manager Massimiliano Allegri was pleased to be representing Europe at the event, but apologetic for not bringing some of the team’s biggest stars.

“We’re happy to be here. For us, it’s marks the start of a new season.

“Like the US (fans), we’re disappointed not to have Cristiano Ronaldo here, or Paulo Dybala, Rodrigo Bentancur, Gonzalo Higuain, Juan Cuadrado and Douglas Costa, but they all played in the World Cup and needed time off.”

Higuain particularly has been in the news recently, with talk of a player-swap deal with AC Milan which would see youngster Mattia Caldara leave with the striker, and former Juve defender Leonardo Bonucci coming back. Allegri was asked if he sanctioned the Argentine’s departure -

“Did I give the OK to Higuain’s sale? The market is always carried out by the club. We hear about it every day.

“I don’t even have a [senior] striker here, so we’ll see what happens when we go back to Italy.

“On the 17th, when the market shuts, Juve will be as competitive as ever.”

Regarding any further signings or departures before the end of the summer transfer window -

“The club have worked very well so far, and now we’re waiting for this week of work to end, before going back on the 8th.

“After that, we’ll take stock of the market, which will be an excellent one, regardless of what happens next.”

On how the squad is doing on their preseason trip -

“[Our forwards] just have to think about scoring.

“We’re lucky to have all our defenders and midfielders here, except Blaise Matuidi and Bentancur. It won’t be a problem to find an understanding.”