The absences of Dybala and De Ligt reshuffle the cards for the challenge with the Rossoneri, for Pipita the first starter after the second half, for Rugani the return to the heart of the defense next to Bonucci against the team that wanted him
Return to the past
Gonzalo Higuain has long been the least convinced of the resumption of the championship: he has suffered more than all the last few complicated months, also considering the many family problems. A small injury still delayed his return to the field, but the goal from substitute with Lecce had in fact already reassured the company: the spark in Pipita has rekindled. For now it has been only the change of this sublime Dybala but against the Rossoneri, who are rejuvenated by the Olimpico feat, the specimen seen for most of the pre-Covid championship must return. A central buoy around which to float Cristiano, ready to cut like a hawk from the left. A nine who tends to nine and a half for the ability to attract the defense on himself and open spaces for his partner. Of course, the Lady had become accustomed to another dress, but for one evening she may well wear the past: that ten minutes more recovery shared in the derby by Cristiano and Higuain calms Sarri.
The Italian couple
The other change will be even more obvious. In place of Matthijs de Ligt, close to Leonardo Bonucci, Daniele Rugani will play. The alternatives are simply not there: Merih Demiral is recovering from the operation on his left knee, while Giorgio Chiellini should return to training with the team in the next 48 hours. It is early to see him on the pitch, especially from the first minute. Sarri will then go with Bonucci and Rugani, as against Brescia (2-0 victory), Genoa (2-1) and Roma (3-1), as in Moscow with Lokomotiv (2-1). A variation on the theme. For Sarri, in fact, everything begins with defense and, not by chance, at the center of defense has always chosen not to change. De Ligt and Bonucci played all Juventus matches in June and July, taking only two goals: one in a closed game against Genoa, one on a penalty against Toro.
Between field and market
Daniele Rugani, Maurizio Sarri’s ancient trusted man, will therefore be one of the men under observation on Tuesday. A year ago, in Amsterdam against Ajax, near Bonucci and against De Ligt, it was almost perfect. However, in recent months his life has slipped towards a more secondary role: now it is only an alternative and, curiously, he meets AC Milan on which he has heard several market voices in the past. Here, the market, dark presence on Wednesday in San Siro. Higuain was a Milan player, Rugani risked becoming one and also in this summer he risks ending up far away. Soon to understand how it will end. First she has an appointment at 9.45 pm with Ibra inside an empty stadium. In other words, it’s not very reassuring …
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