Pirlo: McKennie can only get better

Juventus manager Andrea Pirlo spoke in the pre-game press conference, ahead of his team’s game against Sampdoria.

“Sampdoria is a good team that comes from an excellent period, they are in a positive period.”

“It will be a difficult match like all those played against Mister Ranieri, a very prepared coach who I respect a lot, it will be difficult.”

“With the defenses closed you need to be patient, do not force the plays and make them open by moving from one side to the other.”

“It will be difficult because they will get behind with the two lines of 4 and they will do great density. Ranieri is a coach who keeps very narrow lines, patience will be needed.”

Fagioli?

“He joined us also because Portanova left and to replace him in the squad we thought of him from the beginning of January. He will be part of the First Team and on some occasions he will be able to go with the U23 team.”

Injuries update?

“Today everyone should train with the group, except Dybala who is trying to recover and we will evaluate him day by day, every now and then he still feels some pain in his knee.”

De Ligt or Chiellini? “We have not decided. De Ligt was out for a while and the other night he made the first one, now we have a tour de force of many important games, we will have to recover well and see who will be better off to put them on the field.”

Chiesa is fine. He came from an ankle injury, but he came in well, tomorrow he will start from the beginning.”

McKennie?

“He is so young and still can improve in everything.”

“We are happy to have him, he is a humble boy who wants to improve.”

“Certainly he can do it above all on a technical level, where he is a bit dirty in receptions, in moving with the body, in that he can improve.”

“But he is healthy, he knows he has a lot to learn and this is already a good starting point.”

Ronaldo?

“He had the day off, everyone in private life is free to do what they want.”

“We are here and when they are here they are under my control, when they are out they are free citizens, so everyone takes their own responsibilities.”

“Ronaldo will start alongside Morata tomorrow.”

Khedira?

“He has been training with us since the beginning of the season, the market will close shortly then we will see what to do. We have already talked about him in the past. ”

Mercato?

“As I said, we are fine, then the market is made up of opportunities, if there will be we will take it, otherwise we will adapt, I have strong players.”

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