Allegri: ‘Berardi interesting’

Sassuolo's Domenico Berardi is 'an interesting youngster' for Juventus' Max Allegri, whilst Giorgio Chiellini is doing fine.

The two teams meet on Saturday at 17:00 UK time. The Neroverdi's star striker, who was insistently linked to tomorrow's opponents over the summer, won't be available due to injury.

“Berardi is a very interesting youngster who is developing really well,” Allegri told the Press. “He made his decision to remain with Sassuolo and he's one of Italy's best talents.

Sassuolo's Domenico Berardi is 'an interesting youngster' for Juventus' Max Allegri, whilst Giorgio Chiellini is doing fine.

The two teams meet on Saturday at 17:00 UK time. The Neroverdi's star striker, who was insistently linked to tomorrow's opponents over the summer, won't be available due to injury.

“Berardi is a very interesting youngster who is developing really well,” Allegri told the Press. “He made his decision to remain with Sassuolo and he's one of Italy's best talents.

“Sassuolo are a very well-organised team that play good football. Berardi's absence will, at least in one way, give them more drive, even though his goals and his assists do leave their mark on a game.

“They started training before we did and are in a better condition. They played more official matches too, but tomorrow we've got to win.

“[Marko] Pjaca played in Rome and he did very well when he came in. He's a very good player and he's young, he could be the surprise of this championship.

“We have many games ahead of us and the [internal] competition can only be good for us. Everybody must prove themselves on the pitch, because that's the only place where a Coach makes his decisions.

“We have some important objectives and if we work all together we can make it. Or I should say that they can make it, because they're the ones who go onto the pitch and play the games.”

Allegri was then asked about Sami Khedira's prospects, as well as those of Giorgio Chiellini and Paulo Dybala, who were sent off with their national teams.

“We'll see, Khedira's in a good condition and a substantial player, as we all know. Even last year, and even when he wasn't at his top form, you could really feel his presence when he was on the pitch.

“Chiellini seemed calm and so did Dybala, who came back early. Giorgio was sent off, although I felt he did not deserve the second yellow.

“He played two good games with Juventus from the beginning. It can happen that a player's form dips for one game, but that can't affect his serenity. He's back, he's calm and he can play again tomorrow, there are no problems.

“Sometimes we focus too much attention on a player when he's been sent off unfairly. Players I'm resting? [Andrea] Barzagli and Dani Alves aren't going to play.

“[Claudio] Marchisio? Let's wait till he's back before discussing him. Recovering from an ACL requires some time, and we mustn't hurry him or we'll just cause more problems on a muscular level.

“He's recovering fine and he's being followed carefully. We hope to have him back soon so we can give him back the group. He needs it above all else psychologically.”

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