TURIN – Last hour package. Cristiano Ronaldo skips the knockout match of the Italian Cup between Juventus and Udinese at the Allianz Stadium in Turin. The explanation for this defection is in the statement just released by Juventus: "Cristiano Ronaldo was hit in the afternoon by an attack of sinusitis and will not be present at the Allianz Stadium for tonight's match".
The absence of Cristiano Ronaldo forces Maurizio Sarri to review his tactical plans. So Juventus will take the field with a 4-3-1-2 with Buffon; Danilo, De Ligt, Rugani, Alex Sandro; Bernardeschi, Bentancur, Rabiot; Douglas Costa; Higuain and Dybala. The Portuguese champion will be replaced by Gonzalo Higuain, who entered the game in progress in the last league round at Roma. Dybala instead was confirmed as owner despite the disagreements with Sarri in the last championship round. Dybala got angry with the former Chelsea manager at the time of the substitution during the Roma-Juventus match. Evidently Sarri has already forgiven him …
Training problems also for Udinese. The Friulians challenge Juventus without Okaka. So Gotti was forced to field a 3-5-2 with Nicolas; Opoku, De Maio, Nuytinck; Ter Avest, Walace, Jajalo, Barak, Sema; Teodorczyk and Nestorovski. All .: Gotti.
The match between Juventus and Udinese, valid for the round of 16 of the Italian Cup, will be refereed by Aureliano of Bologna. The winner of this challenge will meet the winner of Parma-Roma in the Italian Cup quarter-finals.
Source: Blitz Quotidiano