Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri confirmed that there are no plans to rest Cristiano Ronaldo ahead of this week’s Serie A double-header
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner has overcome a difficult start to life in Turin by netting three goals in his last two league games.
And, with Ronaldo suspended for Juventus’ visit to BSC Young Boys next Tuesday in the Champions League, Allegri intends to make full use of his star player.
The Bianconeri will face Bologna at the Allianz Stadium on Wednesday before taking on title rivals Napoli on Saturday as they bid to maintain their 100% start to the new season.
“Cristiano will play. He’s in great shape physically and will be getting more minutes under his belt because he won’t be available in the Champions League next week,” said Allegri in a press conference.
“We cannot take the game against Bologna lightly. [Filippo] Inzaghi is very good at organising them and proved it by beating Roma.”
Rotations will happen though with striker Mario Mandzukic, captain Giorgio Chiellini and goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny all expected to be left out.
“[Paulo] Dybala will play, he needs to. He played well against Frosinone and people only look at his goals, but that’s not fair. He’s in good shape,” he said.
“Mandzukic will probably be rested, so [Moise] Kean may feature in attack. I had planned to use him against Frosinone.
“[Rodrigo] Bentancur has a strong chance of playing, but he needs to be more assured. He has great technical attributes and he has to start providing some goals and assists.
“[Blaise] Matuidi will be back in the line-up and I’ll choose between [Miralem] Pjanic and Emre Can. [Mattia] Perin will start in goal and Chiellini will be rested. I need to decide which of the full-backs need a break too.
“[Andrea] Barzagli has made a full recovery and is available.”
🎙 @OfficialAllegri: "@Cristiano will be playing tomorrow. He's in great shape physically and will be getting more minutes under his belt now, as he won't be available next week vs Young Boys."#JuveBologna pic.twitter.com/5adUfudaqI
— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) September 25, 2018