A fundamental match

Alessandro Florenzi did an interview with Sky Sport and said Juventus “will be a fundamental game” for Roma, as “it’s a match which will say how we’re set and what point we’re at”.

“The elimination from the Coppa Italia burns a lot. We’re disappointed, but we don’t have to make a drama of it. Our objective was to go through, but our thoughts immediately turn to Juventus.”

“It will be a fundamental game for Roma’s growth, it’s worth three points like all the others but it’s a match which will say how we’re set and what point we’re at. First place in the Champions League gives us an answer, but we have to do it in the league too and not just against Juventus.”

“Who would I take from Juventus? Dybala, he’s a champion. They’re a great team and it’s never easy to play in Turin, we need to reverse the negative trend in their home and score points. It won’t be a game to decide who wins the Scudetto.”

“Best defence against best attack?Defensive solidity comes from hard work. In our next few chances we have to find the way to goal more easily, we’re working hard on that from every point of view.”

Dybala to start and Buffon to miss out against Roma

It’s reported Paulo Dybala will retain his place in the Juventus side for Saturday’s Roma game, but Gigi Buffon and Mattia De Sciglio won’t make it.

La Joya scored against Genoa in the Coppa Italia, as well as providing an assist for Gonzalo Higuain, and Premium Sport reports he’ll keep his place against the Giallorossi.

With Mario Mandzukic expected to be fit only for the bench after having 13 stitches on a calf injury, Dybala could play on the right if Coach Massimiliano Allegri sticks with a trident in attack.

Juan Cuadrado could be called-up for the game, as his recovery from injury is progressing well, but both Buffon and De Sciglio will almost certainly be out.

Douglas Costa: We want to win against Roma

Juventus winger Douglas Costa spoke to Sky Sport about the upcoming clash against Roma and called them “a great team” but assures “we have the quality to win”.

“They’re a great team and we have huge respect for them.”

“It’s true that they lost in the Coppa Italia, but Saturday will be a different game and we’re expecting a different Roma. We absolutely want to win though, and we have the quality to win.”

“I have grown a lot in the defensive phase and on the tactical side. Serie A is a different league to the the Bundesliga, and the one I played with Shakhtar Donetsk.”

Allegri comments on Juventus 2-0 Coppa Italia win

Max Allegri left his impressions of tonight’s match against Genoa to RAI Sport.

“We have to compliment the lads for their performance. We pressed hard and showed good intensity. In the second half, we waited for Genoa to move a little more and we finished off the game.

“It was an objective to reach the quarter-finals and the team achieved that in the best way,” Allegri said to Rai Sport.

“Dybala put in a good performance, as did the whole team. We all want Dybala to get back to being Dybala, as he’s an extraordinary player. He needed a good performance, but above all a goal, as it can help him find some calm and confidence, but it’s not as if he ever truly lost his way.

“Dybala just has to focus on doing the simple things. He doesn’t need to prove himself in every single game, as that only increases the pressure. He should play as he did tonight.

“I was satisfied with the overall performance, as we covered the pitch well and allowed Genoa nothing. Obviously, when Dybala is the centre-forward, then the box must be filled with runs from the wingers and midfielders. It’s something we can test out, but in order for it to work, we need the wide men to constantly push forward.”

Juventus risked too much in the second half, often allowing Genoa to hold possession and press for an equalizer.

“I was angry because we gave the ball away three or four times coming out of defence and with this one it was in the penalty area. If in doubt, kick it away. I wasn’t angry with the referee, but rather with my players for creating that situation.”

Juventus now shift their attention to this weekend’s clash with Roma at the Allianz Stadium.

“We’ve got two days to prepare for Roma, we’ll see how the players who are carrying injuries are doing. It’s a head-to-head clash and Roma still have a game in hand, so they could potentially be right up there with us.”

Expected lineup: Juventus vs Genoa

Various reports throughout the calcio World have stated that Juventus could lineup with this formation tonight:

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An exciting attacking trident consisting of Douglas Costa, Paulo Dybala, and Federico Bernardeschi is potentially on the cards tonight. Other interesting choices from Max Allegri include the midfield trio of Stefano Sturaro, Claudio Marchisio, and Rodrigo Bentancur.

What are your thoughts on this potential lineup?