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Allegri: Dybala has apologized, case closed

Manager’s comments ahead of Juventus vs Sassuolo

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It was an interesting press conference for Massimiliano Allegri ahead of Juventus’ game against Sassuolo, and the manager talked about two big pieces of news.

Paulo Dybala’s volatile relationship with Allegri has often come under the spotlight and was once again questioned in Juve’s last game. Late in the 3-3 draw against Parma, when Dybala was substituted the forward walked straight to the dressing rooms instead of the bench.

But apparently all is well again between the two, according to Allegri.

“Dybala has apologised, as was only to be expected from an intelligent lad like him.

“The club gave him a lot of responsibility with the Number 10 jersey. Paulo has understood the situation, so the case is closed.”

Allegri also refuted reports that he was giving Cristiano Ronaldo preference of position over Dybala.

“He has always started and finished moves, it’s just this season he missed or forced a save where last term the ball went into the net. I listen to all this chatter about tactics and it amuses me.

“Tomorrow either Dybala or Federico Bernardeschi will start against Sassuolo. It’s a decision between those two.”

The other big news was that Juve are about to have some relief on the injury front with news that Leonardo Bonucci, Andrea Barzagli and Giorgio Chiellini are all close to fitness.

“If you want a good headline, I’ll give it to you: the BBC is available again.

“They will be back in full training next week, but Barzagli won’t be able to play against Frosinone yet.”

The BBC aside, he also provided a squad update for tomorrow’s game.

“Tomorrow we could play Mattia De Sciglio with Martin Caceres, Daniele Rugani and Alex Sandro, with Joao Cancelo a good option off the bench.

“As for the midfield, Sami Khedira can start if Federico Bernardeschi does too. If Dybala plays, then it’s Rodrigo Bentancur or Emre Can.”

Opponents Sassuolo and manager Roberto De Zerbi can provide the reeling Juve a challenge as they attempt to find form again.

“He is a young Coach and has improved a lot in recent years, but always ensures his team plays good football. He is one of the most promising young tacticians out there and has found the environment where he can grow, as Sassuolo can put his ideas into practice.

“The Neroverdi have enthusiasm, no pressure to get a result, so we have to put in a strong performance, above all in defence. I wanted us to improve our creativity, now we need to defend better. Once we sort all those elements out and keep them balanced, we can be ready for a great end to the season.”

Speaking of those troubles, Allegri was asked to comment on the recent results.

“People seem to believe Juve have to beat everyone 3-0 without ever conceding. We have 60 points, the best defensive record in the league and drew one game because of some individual errors. The centre-backs were crucified, but the game was very entertaining with a thousand shots, hitting the woodwork and saves, all entertaining until we were held to a draw.

“The thing we need to focus on is winning the Scudetto, because that is absolutely not done. I don’t want us losing sight of the main objective, as there is time to think about the Champions League.”

Douglas Costa got into a car accident this week too, and Allegri was asked about the incident.

“It’s a strange situation with Douglas Costa. He started the season very well, then did that stupid thing against Sassuolo (spitting at a player) and got a four-match ban, then was injured, got back in shape and on Sunday had a knock.

“As for Monday, that was his private life. These are young lads and I always tell them that they have to look after themselves, both on and off the field. They’ve got time to have fun and it’s only right they do so, but must also be responsible.

“Fortunately, there was nothing serious to him or the person in the car he crashed into. We are at an important stage of the season, so we need everyone in top shape both physically and mentally.”