Torino knew their task against the… seemingly eternal Serie A champions would be huge, but they didn’t expect to bet left with 10 men just 24 minutes into the game.
Paulo Dybala had already given Juve the lead, and things got awfully simpler once Daniele Baselli got sent off.
After the match, Massimiliano Allegri had to answer questions regarding Gonzalo Higuain, and his choice to leave the Argentine striker on the bench.
Higuain was on the bench because there are many games and I preferred to give him a rest. He’s an important player for us, there are moments when things work better at one time than another
the Juventus coach told reporters.
There will be times when everyone gets time out, otherwise we won’t be able to maintain our consistency. Tonight I preferred to leave him out, he has already scored two goals this season and will score many more. He just needs to rediscover – or perhaps he never lost it – the calm of not feeling the need to score at all costs
Allegri said, picking his words carefully, so as to make sure everyone, Higuain included, understands how important he considers the Argentine for the team.
I thank Mandzukic for his performance. I’m sure he could happily play in midfield too, he’s got physicality and technique, so can do a job anywhere
the Italian coach also said, kind of… sending a signal of what he intends to do, once Higuain is back into the starting lineup, playing very possibly simultaneously with Mandzukic.