Tough day for Juventus. First of all, the absence of Angel Di Maria from the list of summoned, then the announcement of the operation to a meniscus of Paul Pogba. If the Frenchman had been unavailable since the start of the season, the Argentinian had returned to competition ahead of predictions, after an adductor injury on his debut against Sassuolo, where he scored with his first goal (3-0, August 15th).
The return was gradual, with an entry into play against La Spezia (2-0, August 31), then a tenure Sunday in Florence (1-1). Di Maria had been substituted at half-time and his coach, Massimiliano Allegri, had admitted in the mixed zone that his physical condition had to be assessed.
Vlahovic and Milik associated?
Monday, after deciding not to summon him, he rejected the attacks on a hasty return: “Afterthoughts lead nowhere. I had decided to play him against La Spezia, because at that precise moment I needed to give the team a jolt. Sunday Angel was better, but right now I didn’t want to bring him here, with us, not to take risks for a match, when until November 13 there will be many matches. important. We must have him at 100%, otherwise he will lose the physical condition he acquired during the preparation and he will be of no use to us. »
Di Maria will therefore not return to the Parc des Princes, where Juve could also try a new tactic this season, a 3-5-2 as cautious behind as fearless in front since it would allow to align the doublet Dusan Vlahovic (4 goals in 4 matches) and Arkadiusz Milik (2 goals in 2 matches).
Paredes and Rabiot at kick-off
There will still be two ex-Parisians (Leandro Paredes and Adrien Rabiot) at the start of a match which Allegri confirmed that he did not expect much: “You have to get 10 points to pass the group stage, whether you get three tomorrow or in the next match, it’s the same thing. »