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Manager’s comments ahead of Juventus’ game against Parma

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Juventus take on Parma tomorrow in Serie A action, with manager Maurizio Sarri getting asked if he would return to the trident of Cristiano Ronaldo, Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain up top.

“We’ll see how everyone is doing and then decide. It’s not because we’re in Serie A, as there are times in the Premier League when I wouldn’t have used that system either. It depends on the balance of the team and the type of match you want to play.

“Only Higuain has a precise role, whereas the other two are instinctive and bring a lot of quality to every position they take. Dybala has done well alongside everyone, but clearly, when both Ronaldo and Dybala are on the field at the same time, we have to take counter-measures in other areas of the pitch.”

On the opponents tomorrow, who are sitting in seventh place, Sarri warned the side shouldn’t take them for granted.

“Parma are a solid team who play with great physicality and strong strikers. Their position in the table is surprising only to a certain degree. They are also extremely dangerous on the counter-attack and earned their best results away from home. Our attitude must be to not allow them the situations they tend to relish.”

Parma will have Dejan Kulusevski who Juve signed earlier this month and returned him on loan to Parma for the rest of the season.

“I hope tomorrow that our players are able to contain him and that he does well with us in six months from now.”

Speaking of transfer activity, Sarri dismissed talk that Federico Bernardeschi is headed to Barcelona in exchange for Ivan Rakitic.

“Nobody said anything to me, so as far as I am concerned, it’s not an issue.”

Juventus sit two points ahead of Inter Milan at the halfway point of the season, but with Antonio Conte splashing the cash in the transfer market, does Sarri fear a charge from the nerazzuri?

“Fear is a big word, this is still just sport. I am not following what we are doing on the market, let alone what Inter are doing. We are aware that we can have our journey and that’s all that matters.

“The dumbest thing in football is trying to calculate when and where you might get points or drop them. You have to take it one game at a time, as six weeks is a lifetime in football.”