Juventus travel to SPAL this weekend amid rumours that Paris St. Germain could be eyeing up Maurizio Sarri to replace Thomas Tuchel. The manager spoke to the media during the pre-match press conference, starting with an injury update on captain Giorgio Chiellini.
“At the moment, I don’t know. Giorgio was doing well enough, despite missing the last step. We will evaluate together after the last training session today; we will talk about it.
“For Buffon, I don’t know. We will talk later, and we will evaluate tomorrow.”
The Bianconeri have a big Champions League game coming up, but Sarri insists his side are focusing on their opponents this weekend first.
“At the moment, the only perspective is on tomorrow’s match. We are arriving in progress. We only need to think about the match in Ferrara.
“Something has changed in their defence, before they played with three defenders and on the last occasion, only with two.
“Juve know that Ferrara will not provide us with an easy game, in recent years there have been some complicated away games.”
The manager had praise for Juan Cuadrado who has shown his flexibility in recent weeks, but also had an update on Sami Khedira.
“I’m happy with Cuadrado. He has played a part of the season as an external defender and he did well. We needed him to return to the attacking position and he did well also there. He’s very strong.
“Let’s see for Khedira, he’s a bit behind. Let’s see if we can bring him or have him back.”
Now that Federico Bernardeschi is fit again, Sarri thinks he could use him as cover for Douglas Costa.
“He is doing quite well, even if he has had a period out. He doesn’t have 90 minutes in him, but he can play. He has been tossed about in many different roles. His versatility must be acknowledged. Without Douglas Costa, he could hypothetically play in that role too.”