Teenage forward Moise Kean insists he’s always “ready” when called upon after scoring a brace to help Juventus cruise to a 4-1 win over Udinese.
The 19-year-old is highly-rated over in Turin and is the first player born in the 2000s to feature in a Champions League match as well as in one of Europe’s top four leagues after graduating the Juventus youth academy in 2016.
But being in a star-studded squad that features the likes of five-time Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo and Paulo Dybala means that Kean’s opportunities of regular action have been heavily restricted.
In light of Juventus’ upcoming crucial return leg against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League this Tuesday, however, manager Massimiliano Allegri made changes to his line-up on Friday night and handed Kean his first Serie A start of the season.
And the Italy international made sure to make the most of his rare opportunity by putting Juventus 2-0 up with a first-half brace before later winning a penalty, which Emre Can slot home.
“I’m always ready to go when the coach calls me and obviously in every training session as well. Being at Juve helps me a lot, I’m learning all the time and this is the best place,” Kean told the club website.
On the victory, he added: “It gives us confidence for Tuesday. From now on we’re only thinking about this match.
“I think my first goal was the more difficult, since we were dribbling forward and it was a fast move.”
Another player to benefit from Allegri’s changes on Friday was midfielder Leonardo Spinazzola, who was handed only his second Serie A start of the season.
“I am very happy for the team’s match and also for mine,” said the 25-year-old.
“We played well, collecting three important points because we were well placed on the field. As for me, I’m ready. The feeling with the team is excellent and also the physical condition is ok.”
Allegri also spoke on Friday night, where he expressed his optimism of Juventus’ prospects of producing a comeback against Atletico in Tuesday night’s return leg in their Champions League last-16 tie at Turin.