Juve started well in Serie A after the winter break, but now it’s time for Coppa Italia. The Bianconeri will face Sassuolo in the quarter finale on Thursday evening. Max Statman looks at the latest team news and gives you a probable lineup, which could look very different compared to the last one.
Juve won against Hellas Verona on Sunday, a match where debutants Dusan Vlahovic and Denis Zakaria scored both goals. That the Serbian striker will start again on Thursday in the Coppa Italia, is not guaranteed. Juve will face a director for the top four in Serie A, Atalanta, on Sunday. It’s likely that a few players are going to get rested.
Giorgio Chiellini is sidelined due to an injury he got against Hellas. He could be out for multiple games. Moise Kean is suspended, while Federico Bernardeschi will start training on Friday.
Max Allegri said Kaio Jorge could start during the press conference on Wednesday, but it’s difficult to predict the attackers against Sassuolo. Any of Vlahovic, Alvaro Morata or Kaio Jorge could start. Allegri also confirmed that Mattia Perin will replace Szczesny in goal and hinted at Cuadrado being in the lineup.
Manuel Locatelli is back from suspension, which could see Arthur moving to the bench. Paulo Dybala, Matthijs de Ligt and Danilo are possibly rested for the game against Atalanta. Denis Zakaria, who made his debut against Hellas, is expected to be on the bench too.
Max Statman’s starting XI (4-4-2): Perin; De Sciglio, Bonucci, Rugani, Pellegrini; Cuadrado, McKennie, Locatelli, Rabiot; Kaio Jorge, Vlahovic
Juventus only faced Sassuolo in 9 games and were victorious 7 times. The Bianconeri also lost and drew once. That puts Juve’s win ratio at almost 78 percent.
The last time Sassuolo came to the Allianz Stadium was earlier this season. The Neroverdi won 2-1 after a late goal by Maxime Lopez. Davide Frattesi scored the other goal for the visitors, while Weston McKennie scored for Juve.