Massimiliano Allegri says Wojciech Szczesny will start Juventus’ clash with Fiorentina on Wednesday and has urged his side not to allow their form to drop despite rotations to the starting line-up.
The Poland international has made only one appearance – in the 3-0 win over Genoa on September 9 – since his €12.2million move from Arsenal in July.
Allegri has agreed to give veteran Gianluigi Buffon a rest but has challenged his fringe players to keep up Juve’s 100 per cent start to their title defence.
“After the game with Barcelona [in the Champions League] I decided, together with Gigi, to play Szczesny in this game,” he told a news conference. “That doesn’t mean I have more or less confidence because Neto played a lot of games last season.
“Szczesny is a very good goalkeeper, one of the best in the world, so for Juventus to have two goalkeepers like Buffon and Szczesny is something really important.
“So Buffon will be rested and he’ll be on the bench. Physically we’re okay but we have another important game on Saturday [against Torino], then Wednesday again and then Sunday.
“The important thing is that the team, even when there are changes, doesn’t suffer a dip. The most important thing is to arrive at the crucial phase of the season in the best shape.”