Turin, Italy, March 15 – Massimiliano Allegri has reinforcements for Champions League decider Juventus with Villarreal after confirming on Tuesday that Paulo Dybala, Giorgio Chiellini and Federico Bernadeschi will be available.
Juve welcome the Europa League holders to the Allianz Stadium on Wednesday with their last 16th draw at 1-1, and the return of key players is a boost for the Italians who have had to deal with a long list of injuries these days. last weeks.
Coach Allegri says the trio will give him options on the bench after he returns to training with the Serie A club.
“Hopefully we can win within 90 minutes, otherwise we will need 120 minutes, and tomorrow the substitutions will be crucial,” Allegri told reporters.
“Chiellini, Dybala and Bernardeschi don’t have 90 minutes in their legs, so they can be quality replacements for us.”
Leonardo Bonucci won’t make it as the Italian defender hasn’t shaken off a calf problem that has plagued him since last month, while Alex Sandro is also out with his own calf problem.
Dusan Vlahovic, who has breathed new life into Juve since joining in January, will start, most likely alongside Alvaro Morata who is newly happy in Turin and in fine form.
“Morata is in good form, but it’s not like he suddenly became a bad player in the last six months,” Allegri added.
“Having someone play as the main centre-forward isn’t easier on its own, but he plays better because it allows him to play to his strengths.
“With Vlahovic as a partner, he can move around the pitch more.”
Villarreal boss Unai Emery has said he is assessing whether striker Gerard Moreno will feature as the Spain international slowly recovers from a calf injury.
The 29-year-old hasn’t played since early February but Emery suggested he could play a role on Wednesday.
“He’s working with the team, we’re going to be very careful when making our decision,” Emery said.
“Being with the team is already a big effort and if he were to play, we would want him at his best. In any case, I trust the unity of the team beyond a particular individual. .