Juventus return to home comforts in the Sunday early game to take on Sampdoria after finally registering their first league win of the season, at the fifth time of asking. The 3-2 victory at Spezia was unconvincing, but the squad morale will have certainly received a boost.
Speaking at his pre-match press conference today, Massimiliano Allegri wants his side to focus on the game at hand before the Champions League clash against Chelsea who lost to Manchester City today.
“We must face this game by playing well and trying to make one step forward in the table, then we’ll think about Chelsea.
“We won the first game away and we must do the same at home, there will be changes because some players played 6-7 games in the last period.”
In team news, Mattia Perin will get the start and veteran Leonardo Bonucci will also be in the starting XI.
“Bonucci is an important player for this team, so he plays if he is fit. He may say he is tired, but when the game gets closer, he always feels well. I am happy about the four central defenders that I have.
“I don’t know if Paulo Dybala will start, while Adrien Rabiot will surely rest, because he picked up a knock to his ankle so he won’t be called up.
“Federico Chiesa is feeling well and he can play both on the left and on the right, tomorrow we’ll see.”
Juventus’ biggest issues this season has been in defence with the Bianconeri giving up eight goals already.
“I think Juventus will be able to concede fewer goals, we are defending well in our own half.
“When things do not go well, the physical shape is always mentioned [by media]. Against Milan, we made many technical mistakes, so our opponents gained strength, you can’t only defend in football.
“We registered 25 shots on target against Spezia, we created a lot in the first half.”
Midfielder Manuel Locatelli has had a decent start to his Juve career.
“Locatelli is doing well, but don’t forget that he arrives from Sassuolo and it’s challenging to play with the Juventus jersey.
“The physical and mental effort required is different.”