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No pressure for Juve in the Champions League game against Chelsea

The Old Lady has qualified for the last 16 with two games to spare and need two points in the last two games to win Group H. The visit to London is expected to be without much pressure and time for some experiments in the starting eleven. Juve should safeguard against more injuries as the heavy fixtures are just starting to amass for the pre-Christmas period.

Massimiliano Allegri is short of options at the back with Danilo, Mattia De Sciglio and Giorgio Chiellini injured. Luca Pellegrini is not available as he was not included in the Champions League list at the beginning of the season.

Paulo Dybala returns from an injury but is unlikely to start.

Allegri discussed Lukaku’s availability during his press conference in Turin, highlighting how the Premier League leaders could make the most of his absence, in case he doesn’t recover. Lukaku played the reverse fixture in Turin in September, failing to find the net. He has only scored one goal in seven games with Inter and Manchester United against the Serie A giants.

The previous game against Chelsea ended with 1-0 win at Allianz Stadium with Federico Chiesa goal despite the English side been the more dangerous team. The form in the domestic leagues for both teams can’t be more different. Chelsea is at the top of Premier League and enjoying the season so far, while The Old Lady is 11 points behind Napoli and AC Milan in Serie A.

Allegri would be wise to focus on the domestic games for the foreseeable future. This Saturday Juventus is playing Atalanta at home and three days later traveling to Salernitana for midweek round, two games where 6 points are a must.

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