Juventus have one more game in 2020, a home clash against Fiorentina. The Serie A will take a shortened winter break after this round of fixtures, with the Bianconeri’s first game back another home tie, this time against Udinese on January 3rd.
Speaking to the media in his pre-match press conference, Andrea Pirlo started with a squad update saying Paulo Dybala was fit again.
“He trained a little bit with the group and a little bit apart today, he should be able to join us for the game.
“[Merih] Demiral is feeling better while Arthur will miss the game, he still feels pain after the knock he picked up against Atalanta.”
Fiorentina are struggling this season, sitting in 16th place currently. They are being led by Cesare Prandelli who Pirlo is very familiar with from his time as the Azzurri manager between 2010-14.
“I have great memories with him, we reached a Euro final and we played a World Cup and a Confederations cup. We are both from Brescia and we know each other very well. He is a good coach and I am happy to see him tomorrow.
“Fiorentina are going through tough times, but they are a very good team. They have a physical player like [Dusan] Vlahovic and one with great class such as [Franck] Ribery. They will defend deep and try to hit with counterattacks, we need to be careful.”
Despite remaining unbeaten in league action, Juve are four points off the top of the table after dropping points in six draws already this season. Pirlo is confident though that things have been corrected with five wins in their last six games across all competitions.
“The secret against Parma was the mentality. We were angry because we hadn’t won against Atalanta in the previous game, we played a great game, with the right attitude and the desire to dominate the game from the beginning until the end, this must be the spirit of every game.”