Juventus boss Maurizio Sarri has ruled out switching to a back three and reminded Adrien Rabiot that “he needs to be patient.”
A lack of left-back options for Juve’s next Serie A game against SPAL tomorrow could see Blaise Matuidi fill in, despite the Frenchman being a midfielder by trade.
Despite that, the Bianconeri have a wealth of riches in central defence, with Merih Demiral and Daniele Rugani available and ready to slot right in.
“A back three is hardly a prospect for me, except when managing a small piece of the game, because the way we defend makes it too risky,” Sarri said at a Press conference.
“Emre Can was very upset about being cut from the list, even if his reaction in training seems to be of a good standard.
“Rugani can become important, but not at full-back. He’ll get opportunities and it’ll be up to him to exploit them in the right way.
“Mandzukic has agreed to stay on the sidelines with the club, then we’ll see when the Qatari transfer window closes.
“I think Ronaldo’s great and can play with anyone. Higuain’s a lad with great technical ability.
“Dybala is technically excellent and Ronaldo is a champion. Therefore, I think they can pair up and, in certain phases of the game, all three can play together.”