Juventus might be with out Juan Cuadrado for his or her Champions League round-of-16 conflict with Tottenham Hotspur after the Colombian winger was dominated out for at the least two months attributable to damage.
Cuadrado is because of endure surgical procedure in Munich on a hard adductor damage which can depart him sidelined till at the least the beginning of April, if not past.
He has missed the Bianconeri’s previous 4 Serie A fixtures with the damage, though head coach Massimiliano Allegri says no substitute might be drafted in over the ultimate 48 hours of the switch window.
“Our squad will stay the identical even when Cuadrado might be out for a very long time,” Allegri mentioned at a information convention on Monday
Juve will face in-form Atalanta over two legs for the precise to defend the Coppa Italia title they’ve gained in every of the previous three seasons and Allegri doesn’t anticipate it to be simple.
“Atalanta have change into a really robust crew in our league and so they deserve loads of credit score as does their supervisor, Gian Piero Gasperini, he’s an adversary to be revered,” he mentioned. “They’re doing very nicely in Europe, within the league and in addition within the cup, and so they have some glorious kids.
“Enjoying in Bergamo is all the time difficult, we are going to must be spot on with our steadiness, ways and method. It is a cup match and it is 180 minutes, so we have to rating on the street to take a result in Turin.
“The Coppa Italia stays an essential goal of ours together with the Champions League and Serie A. It is a competitors that should not be downplayed, we do not play for a thousand trophies however for 3: Serie A, Coppa Italia and Champions League. We all the time need to get to the ultimate in Rome.
“It is in Juve’s DNA to have the need to win day by day. Our subsequent purpose is to set us up nicely for the return leg. Then we are going to take into consideration the league and the Champions League, getting to a different last could be an amazing consequence, however first we’ve to consider going to Bergamo.”
Ben Gladwell studies on Serie A, the Italian nationwide crew and the Bundesliga for ESPN FC, UEFA and the Press Affiliation. @UEFAcomBenG.