Sanabria forced to overtime, the technician excludes the false new hypothesis: “I would not have half shoes to put behind us”
The grenade infirmary is full. After losing Simone Zaza on the eve of the match against Cremonese in the Italian Cup, Juric also lost Andrea over the weeks Belotti, Dennis Praet and Mark Pjaca. “I’m very sorry because they are important players who can start from the beginning or change the game, but we will have to adapt and move on” Juric explained at the press conference, underlining how heavy the absences are but without seeking alibis.
IL FALSE NINE – We will have to adapt, therefore. And so the technician took stock of what could be the solutions to deal with absences. The most critical situation concerns the center forward, a role in which Sanabria has so far been forced to overtime due to injuries to Zaza and Belotti. The Paraguayan has always been a starter so far and – in the absence of Gallo – he left the field only against Salernitana with the result now in the safe. On that occasion Lukic went to do the false nine, but Juric is unlikely to propose a similar solution. “Playing without a point? No, I don’t have half shoes to put behind” the technician explained very clearly, closing in a decisive way to the possibility of letting Sanabria catch his breath.
ON THE TREQUARTI – Different speech behind the striker: Juric likes to change the pair of attacking midfielders during the game to ensure freshness and clarity, but now the options are starting to not be too numerous. With the absences of Praet and Pjaca it will in fact be more complicated to draw the winning card from the bench. To date, in addition to the more employed Linetty and Brekalo, the returning Verdi would be the only alternative role. And Juric wanted to focus on the latter: “Now he is fine and will give us a hand, I see him more as a winger like Brekalo and less attacking midfielder, even if he can do it”. Opposite speech for Lukic and Pobega, whose advancement behind the tip doesn’t particularly warm Juric: “I don’t see them as players of this type. To make them play midfielders we would have to build a different way of playing than what we are doing now.”.
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