Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri says he expects their second game of the International Champions Cup (ICC) against Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur to have higher intensity than what was witnessed against A-League side Melbourne Victory last Saturday.
With Miralem Pjanic and Medhi Benatia both rested in the game against Victory, Allegri confirmed the pair will play along with Roberto Pereyra on Tuesday.
The Juventus boss was adamant preparations were being taken seriously, despite having a less experienced side Allegri was looking to hit the ground running to defend their Serie A title.
The Old Lady will be taking the same squad to their tour of Hong Kong at the end of July.
“Tomorrow will be a very even game and I’m expecting there will be more intensity,”Allegri said.
“We’re going to use it to test what condition and place we’re in at the moment, we’re going to finish our training season this summer at Hong Kong.
“We’re going to face very important teams from the beginning, at the end what matters in the League is get as many wins as possible whoever they are.”
Benatia, who is currently on loan from Bundesliga side Bayern Munich will wear the Juventus jersey for the first time on the MCG on Tuesday and was keen to prove his worth with the Italian giant.
“I’m ready to play tomorrow, I’ve been training with the team for 10 days and I feel good about it,” Benatia said.
“We’ve been doing well, tomorrow’s an important match as it was for the Melbourne game on Saturday night.
“I’m here to get ready as fast as I can for the upcoming season, the goals that we decide for this season are very high. We have to win everything as much as we can.”