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Morata suspended - How Juventus could line-up against Torino

The Spaniard received a red card for confronting the referee in the Bianconeri's last league match against Benevento

 
11:05am on Friday 4th December 2020
By
Martin Macdonald

Juventus will be without Alvaro Morata for Saturday's Turin Derby fixture against Torino.

Morata scored Juve's only goal of the game last week in a disappointing 1-1 draw at home to Benevento, before being sent off in the dying minutes for a gesture made towards the referee.

Juve have subsequently appealed the ban, but at the moment Morata is set to miss two Serie A matches.

That will mean Cristiano Ronaldo moving into a more central position up top, probably flanked by Dejan Kulusevski and Paulo Dybala.

The Portuguese superstar was rested for the game against Benevento but enjoyed a goalscoring return to the starting XI versus Dynamo Kyiv in the Champions League.

Head coach Andrea Pirlo is able to deploy his favoured back three again after previously having to revert to a back four due to having barely any defenders available.

Leonardo Bonucci is back and will start alongside Matthijs de Ligt and Merih Demiral.

Alex Sandro is looking back to his best after taking a few weeks to get to grips with first-team action again, and recorded an assist against Dynamo. He'll start on the left of the midfield four.

Federico Chiesa scored his first Champions League club for the club during the week and should be deployed on the right.

Pirlo has to choose between Rodrigo Bentancur, Arthur, Weston McKennie, and Aaron Ramsey for the two spots in midfield.

Arthur and Bentancur could be selected.

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