It’s a quick turnaround for the Serie A this week with midweek fixtures on schedule, and Juventus will be in action tomorrow against Brescia after their comeback win at home against Hellas Verona on Saturday.
Speaking at the pre-match press conference today, manager Maurizio Sarri said he’s still undecided on who will play tomorrow though later reports say that Cristiano Ronaldo is out for the game tomorrow.
“We still have to assess the conditions of the players for tomorrow. Yesterday the team had a recovery session after the win against Verona.
“I still don’t know who will rest: Ronaldo had a little thigh strain yesterday, but it’s normal after three games in a week.
“From the medical reports, we’ll understand who needs a spot of rest between him, Blaise Matuidi and Leonardo Bonucci.
“Luckily Higuain didn’t suffer any fractures to his nasal septum, so he should be available. The only issue he had the other day was the blood that kept coming out of the nose.”
Four games into the league season and a Champions League clash already under his belt, Sarri is satisfied with progress.
“The team are developing well, we’re finding the right balance: the team’s ability to adapt to the philosophy of their Coach is, as I always say, something subjective.”
Tomorrow’s opponents Brescia are sitting in 9th place after two wins and two losses.
“Brescia have impressed me and you can see that they’ve put in a lot of work: they’re organised, they play nice football and are dangerous.
“They have a lot of enthusiasm, so we have to be careful, and Mario Balotelli’s debut can give even them even more of a buzz. We’re certainly dealing with a tricky match.”
On how he was adapting to being manager of the Bianconeri -
“There’s nothing particularly different about the Juve world to the others. Worlds are created by people and I’m very happy with them.
“Certainly the need to pick up results is also present at other clubs, then comes the technical aspect: a Coach must learn the technical-mental characteristics of the players he has at his disposal, and you succeed by working together every day.
“I’ve seen practically none of the League, only the teams we’ve faced. I don’t have a picture of the general situation in mind, but I think it’s still more difficult than in previous years.”