Pjanic & Benatia to face Tottenham

The pair were rested in Juventus’ 4-3 loss on penalties to Melbourne Victory in the first match of the International Champions Cup (ICC) at the MCG.

Finishing 1-1 at full time, Allegri conceded he was still pleased with what he saw after choosing to field an inexperienced side.


“It was a good test, being our first official game and we played against a good team, so we were pretty satisfied,” Allegri said.

“During the first half we played our best possible team. We didn’t have Pjanic who was out.

“The second half, the players who went in very played well as well, so we’re content.

“Miralem and Medhi will be available for the second game, we worked really hard during the week, so they were a little bit fatigued. I preferred to let them rest for this first game.”

The Juventus boss also took time to praise the opposition after a game which was battled right to the end.

Allegri also wasn’t disappointed with the 23,174 fans who turned out at the MCG.

“They were a very good team and they played well, very organised,” Allegri said.

“We met with the coach Kevin Muscat and we had a chat for an hour, tonight they showed their worth as a club.

“The most important thing for us is to improve our shape and physicality. We had a lot of players missing due to the European and American Cup.

“The most important thing is to avoid injuries and that’s what we’ll be working on.”

With recent speculation Juventus had signed Gonzalo Higuain from Serie A club Napoli and the further conjecture surrounding the departure of Frenchman Paul Pogba to Manchester United, Allegri was reluctant to comment on the rumours.

“I’m not going to talk about transfer market news, we just played a game tonight, I’m not sure what’s happened in the last day in regarding to the transfer market,” Allegri said.