Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri downplays controversy over Federico Chiesa’s outburst but hasn’t yet decided whether he or Kenan Yildiz will start against Cagliari.

The Italian tactician addressed the media at a pre-match press conference on the eve of a Serie A game against Cagliari.

Chiesa raged on the touchline on Saturday after being substituted in the derby against Torino, and there were reports that Allegri could punish the Italian star. However, based on what Allegri said, this doesn’t seem to be the case.

What Allegri said about Chiesa’s outburst

“A few issues after the injury were predictable, but I am happy with what he is doing,” said the Italian tactician as quoted by Ilbianconero.com.

“He must expect more from himself. As for the outburst, I’ve seen worse things, but it’s part of the moment and a coach must make decisions for the team’s good.

“Against Torino, Chiesa played very well for 15 minutes. He had a chance in the second half as well. He is a very important player to us. I will decide tomorrow whether he or Yildiz will start.”

This means that Dusan Vlahovic will surely start in Sardinia.

“Chiesa is entering the peak moment for an athlete, Vlahovic is improving and is doing really well. He has a bright future ahead.”

The Bianconeri remain in the race for a Champions League placement, while Cagliari are still fighting for Serie A survival.

Allegri previews Cagliari clash

“Cagliari won six games from eight at home, earning 23 points from their 31. They score many goals in the final 15 minutes, often with reserves, so it will be complicated, as usual, in Cagliari.

“Claudio Ranieri has been in football for so many years. He has obtained great results and managed a difficult moment well at Cagliari. He is a smart person and Cagliari are having an excellent season.”

Allegri doesn’t have many doubts about the starting line-up, but one concerns Poland international Wojciech Szczęsny. The former Arsenal keeper suffered a fractured nose and underwent surgery after the Turin Derby. The ex-Arsenal keeper has been training separately from the rest of the team this week.

“He is available, but I’ll see what to do tomorrow. I don’t have many doubts and will make the final decisions after the training,” Allegri concluded.

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