Allegri weighs his options ahead of Ajax clash

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - APRIL 10: Massimiliano Allegri the coach of Juventus during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final first leg match between Ajax and Juventus at Johan Cruyff Arena on April 10, 2019 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Max Allegri is considering the option of playing either Moise Kean or Paulo Dybala against Ajax in Mario Mandzukic’s absence.

Juve are facing injury crisis ahead of the crunch tie at the Allianz Stadium with the likes of Chiellini, Mandzukic, Caceres and Juan Cuadrado all ruled out.

That leaves them with an in-form Kean and Paulo Dybala to play in the attack against the Dutch giants.

However, the former Milan boss didn’t categorically state who would start in the game.

“Mandzukic changes nothing, as there was already a good chance he could miss out. Now I just need to decide who plays instead,” said the Coach in his Press conference.

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“Tomorrow night could have Kean from the start, Dybala from the start or neither of them. If Kean or Dybala start, it’s normal that either De Sciglio or Cancelo will be out. If neither of them starts, then it’s possible both of them do.

“I won’t make any decisions until tomorrow morning. You need to use only healthy players, as you can’t risk wasting a substitution. Mandzukic has a knee problem he felt since the Milan game, he tried training today and had to stop.

“Douglas Costa stopped again with a calf issue after the first leg and is again not in the best condition, so at most he can play 15-30 minutes. He can be decisive in that period.

“If you have Kean or Dybala, it’s a different type of match. You need to move the ball forward quickly and that’s something we didn’t do very well in Amsterdam.

“Alex Sandro will play tomorrow. Leonardo Spinazzola did very well against Atletico Madrid, but he used up so much energy that he needed rest, both physically and mentally. You need to become accustomed to big games, you can’t play them every three days without slowly adapting to it.”