Dybala returns, but Juve loses Danilo for two months. The Champions League away match at the home of the reigning champions Chelsea has a bittersweet prologue, given that the Bianconeri will have to give up the Brazilian wild card for a long time after the muscle injury suffered in Rome in the first minutes against Lazio on Saturday. Danilo is added to the absentee list, where there are always Chiellini (he can return on Saturday with Atalanta), De Sciglio and Bernardeschi. Dybala, on the other hand, trained today and will start from the bench, while in attack Kean and Morata are playing for a starting spot alongside Chiesa. There is an injury emergency, but Massimiliano Allegri does not lose his traditional optimism and good humor, also because his team travels wonderfully in Europe: they have already qualified for the second round and tomorrow night at Stamford Bridge the first place in the group will be played. “It is a very important test for us – explains the Juventus coach on the eve – and clarity will be needed against the team leading the Premier League”. In the first leg he finished 1-0 with a goal from Chiesa and an iron defense capable of repelling any attack, but the script could change. «It depends on whether Lukaku will play or not – analyzes Allegri -: he plays almost as a mark and without him the team expresses speed. For this we must be good in both situations ».
In any case, it’s up to the Dutch De Ligt to stop Chelsea’s attack and the scent of Champions exalts the Juventus player. «They are very strong and we have to play a tough match – he says -: in the cup the matches are also different and the strongest team leaves you room for the counterattack, where we have Chiesa and Morata good on the counterattack. Against the small players there is less space and we need another way to find opportunities and score goals, in this we have to improve ».
A thought that also marries Allegri (“We need more goals”), while De Ligt drifts the topic of his future (“I haven’t talked to Juve about his renewal and I don’t think about the transfer market: in the lead there are only training sessions and matches”) and does not hide ambition. «The dream is to win the Champions League – he smiles – and everyone at Juventus wants to win it. It’s not easy, but we have to work hard to get to our maximum. After the retirement we understood what it takes to be at Juve: to suffer on the pitch, die on the pitch, to win and be strong. Continuity is needed, as well as passion and maturity ».