Massimiliano Allegri has cast doubt on Paul Pogba being handed a starting berth against Real Madrid by insisting Juventus need fresh legs in their Champions League decider on Wednesday.
The holders were beaten 2-1 by the Serie A champions last Tuesday without the highly-talented French midfielder, who had been sidelined since March with a hamstring injury.
Juve fans will have been hopeful of seeing Pogba start at the Santiago Bernabeu after he scored on his comeback in the 1-1 draw with Cagliari on Saturday, but the Bianconeri coach is wary of fielding players who are not fully fit.
“It’s a shame we didn’t win and conceded a goal which we didn’t defend well,” Allegri told Sky Sport. “But it wasn’t easy, as many of our players hadn’t played recently.
“Pogba did well, though he still needs to rediscover his timing and movement. We’ll evaluate whether he’ll start versus Madrid. He has been working well for two days in training, he’s young and has a strong physique.
“We need to score a goal there, otherwise it’ll be tough. Do I have doubts over my line-up? I have more than doubts about my line-up at the Santiago Bernabeu, there’s a lot I need to consider. There is the risk it’ll go to extra-time, so we need fresh legs.
“I don’t know what tactical choices Carlo Ancelotti will make. Real Madrid have great players and we must have an attacking approach, as we didn’t make the most of numerous chances in the first leg.”
Pogba lasted 63 minutes against Cagliari before Luca Rossettini equalised for the relegation-threatened visitors with just five minutes left to play.