Allegri: ‘Pogba could start’

Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri says there is “a very good chance” Paul Pogba could start Wednesday’s Champions League clash at Real Madrid.

Last week’s first leg in Turin ended 2-1 in the Serie A outfit’s favour, with Pogba having missed the game through a thigh injury.

However, the 22-year-old returned and scored in the 1-1 draw with Cagliari at the weekend and is set to be pitched in for the semi-final at the Santiago Bernabeu.

“Pogba is in good shape and there’s a very good chance he will start the match,” Allegri told a Press conference.

“We are 95 minutes away from Berlin and I don’t see why we shouldn’t believe we can get there. It’s going to be a long night, though, but there’s no point in thinking we should just defend.

“The more we have the ball then the less likely it is that Madrid will score, although it’s impossible to control them, particularly on their own ground, as they are even more attack-minded than on their travels.”

Striker Karim Benzema, who missed the first game with injury, could start for Carlo Ancelotti’s men, yet Allegri maintains it will not alter the way his players will approach the game.

“It doesn’t change anything in our way of defending as I think it’s very unlikely it will end goalless. I hope it does, even if that’s offensive to say, but Madrid score goals and we score goals so I expect an entertaining game.”

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