Mood is high following 2-1 away win over Sampdoria. Face Lazio for the Italian Super Cup without Chiellini and Khedira. Szczesny and Alex Sandro in the squad.
Juventus imposed their play over Sampdoria in the first half, despite conceding once due to a defensive mistake. Were put under pressure during the second half but resisted well.
Ronaldo is on fire as he scored 6 goals in the last 5 overall. Dybala is also in form and scored again. Alex Sandro served 2 assists and initiated opponents' goal. Higuain did not leave a mark on the match.
Won the last 3 in a row overall, but no clean sheets since the beginning of November as they conceded at least 1 goal in the last 5 Serie A games. Face Lazio for the Italian Super Cup, they have already won this trophy 8 times.
Chiellini, who was included in the squad anyway, and Khedira are out. Szczesny should have overcome muscular problems. Alex Sandro picked up a problem last time out but he also recovered in time to make the squad.
Bentancur is back from suspension.
The match will be played at the King Saud University Stadium in Riyad, Saudi Arabia.
With Dybala, Higuain and Ronaldo in the attack, Danilo would act at right-back as he has a more defensive attitude. Otherwise, Cuadrado should play, with Bernardeschi or Ramsey as the attacking midfielders and Dybala preferred to Higuain up-front. Alex Sandro could be considered instead of De Sciglio at left-back.
Juventus triumphed 8 times in the competition. This is the 5th time they face Lazio for the Super Cup. So far, they won 2 and lost 2.
I don't know if we are going forward or backward, I only know that lately I am having fun in training and playing. For me this is fundamental. If I have fun it means that the team is trying to play the football that I proposed and if I am having fun it is because I have the feeling that despite the defects we can still improve a lot. The goal must always be utopian, with perfection as our goal we will always be unhappy and being always unhappy we will always have incentives to improve.
We are playing with great continuity. We have flaws, but we have great continuity. We played 23 games and lost one, there is continuity. We come from two games in which we made a great first half tactically and in the second half in which we neglected certain works we stretched out a bit. It is part of most of the course and in a minimal part of the module, because it is very expensive for certain roles and it can be that in the end we are less lucid to keep distances between the departments and between the players.
Unfortunately Chiellini comes from a traumatic injury that has pre-established times. Until February he will not be available, Szczesny returned to the team two days ago so he is available, De Sciglio has always been well in recent times. Ramsey and Douglas Costa have returned, clearly they must face a situation of physical growth. At this moment we only have Chiellini and Khedira outside who are returning from two knee surgeries.