'Sarri eyeing Juve bench for Napoli'

Juventus assistant Giovanni Martusciello has expressed his confidence that Maurizio Sarri will be in the dugout against Napoli tomorrow.

Sarri has missed Juve’s last two games with pneumonia, but Martusciello confirmed previous reports that the Coach was hoping to return against his former club.

“Sarri has to complete some tests in the afternoon, so we’ll see if he can be there tomorrow,” he said at a Press conference.

“He could even sit in the dugout. I hope he does. If by some force majeure he can’t make it, we’ll act accordingly.

“This is a club who want to win. In front of them there’s the word victory, something that’s pursued even with those who don’t play for a couple of games.

“The objective is to win 40-50 matches, so there’s a need for everyone to be pulling in the same direction.”

The former Inter and Napoli No 2 was then asked about the transfer window and Paulo Dybala’s frame of mind after a summer of speculation.

“It’s a pain in the neck. There are so many players being talked about, so some of them are not completely focused.

“We’ll see in our last training session who will start or be named on the bench. I’ve seen a very good Dybala.

“He’s an extraordinary lad and a good player, who can play in different roles. He could’ve been unsettled by the market last week, but he’s got his head down.

“However, we play with 11 on the pitch. We have 27 players and all of them are on same level, excluding Ronaldo. We must make specific choices against Napoli.

“Dybala’s motivated, he likes this way of playing. I had a calm and peaceful chat with him. I’m happy to have met him.”

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“He’s made an excellent impression on me. He tries to move away from the defensive line to finish off moves. He’s a very important player and a real champion.

“Facing Napoli is very nice for me. It was unimaginable one or two months ago. I’m from Ischia in Campania, so I have affection for Napoli.

“It’s a very special game for me, but the first whistle will, as always, take away the emotion.”

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