Massimiliano Allegri explained why he left Carlos Tevez and Arturo Vidal out of a 5-0 Juventus win in Singapore.
The Bianconeri inaugurated the new National Stadium in Singapore by playing a local all-stars selection, concluding their pre-season tour of Asia.
“The team had a good approach to the game, which was what I wanted to see,” said Allegri in a Press conference.
“We are working very well in this very important phase of pre-season.”
Andrea Pirlo bagged a brace with a free kick under the wall and a penalty, while Paul Pogba, Kwadwo Asamoah and Sebastian Giovinco rounded out the scoreline.
“Pirlo is in great shape and of course he is an important player. This was our last game in Asia, so now we return home where we’ll continue preparing for the start of Serie A.”
Tevez and Manchester United transfer target Vidal were nowhere to be seen in Singapore, but Allegri had an explanation.
“I chose to keep Tevez and a few other players out as a precaution to avoid pointless risks, because the state of the pitch was not good. Vidal will be working with the full squad from next week.”
Allegri takes over from Antonio Conte, who is the new Italy Coach, so what is he expecting from this sea change in Turin?
“I think our first objective of the season must be getting past the Champions League group phase. Therefore we need to be ready to start strong and give our best as quickly as possible.”
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