The Mysterious Max strikes again.
Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri is often asked about his future at Juventus, especially when his current contract expires at the end of the 2019-20 season and he will have completed his tenure as one of the most successful coaches in the club’s storied history.
And it’s hard to tell when he’s serious and when he’s joking, especially with questions like this, but when asked if he would remain at the club ahead of the Friday clash with Frosinone, Allegri said -
“Nothing is certain. I’ve been fine here at Juventus for five years and I’m happy. I have a contract and I am happy at Juventus.
”I am focused on the present, on our targets for this season. We’ve won the Supercoppa, now we have to win Serie A and the Champions League.”
Regarding if Cristiano Ronaldo would play in the early game, which gives the Bianconeri an added day’s rest ahead of their Champions League game against Atletico Madrid next week -
“Ronaldo will play, he’s always played and he will play tomorrow. You are obsessed by the Champions League.
”Today is Thursday, there is almost one week before the game. We need to win to give a boost for the Serie A title and the Champions League as well.”
As for the rest of the squad, Juve will get some much needed respite in defence.
“Wojciech Szczesny will be between the posts, with Leonardo Bonucci in defence. Giorgio Chiellini will be a doubt but if he has the chance he will play.
“Andrea Barzagli has been out for a while so he is unlikely to play. Daniele Rugani trained separately and had a little discomfort so he will be evaluated. If he does not recover, Martin Caceres will play.
“The wide positions will be played between Leonardo Spinazzola, Mattia De Sciglio and Joao Cancelo. In the midfield, I still have to decide however Blaise Matuidi will most likely be out.
“Paulo Dybala and Ronaldo will be in attack.”
Speaking of Dybala, Allegri defended the Argentine forward.
“Paulo has impressive numbers in the Juventus shirt: he has played 168 games scoring 74 goals.
“There may be a period where he scores fewer goals but he’s one of the best players out there. This year he has different players at his side to challenge him, but he is crucial for us.”
Juve also announced the signing of Aaron Ramsey this week, and Allegri had this to say about the midfielder.
“I have to coach him [before offering a proper opinion].
”He is a great player but I want to coach him first before saying something. We’ll speak about the new players in the summer or next season.”