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Juventus coach Andrea Pirlo said at an online press conference on Tuesday that center-back Leonardo Bonucci and Argentine midfielder Paolo Dybala are out of office but Welsh midfielder Aaron Ramsey will return to the squad

Juventus had already announced that Colombian full-back Juan Cuadrado would miss the game after suffering a hamstring injury

Dybala, who has been out of action with a knee problem since mid-January, has resumed training but is “not ready to play,” said Pirlo

“We missed Dybala’s goals a little and we didn’t have him available often We hope that he will find continuity and be like a new addition, “said Pirlo

The coach said Bonucci was “already wrong” last week. He had “another small physical problem” and is “not available”

Both Dybala and Bonucci will make the trip to Portugal “because they all want to be close to the team,” said Pirlo

Even without Bonucci, Juventus can choose between the experienced captain Giorgio Chiellini, the 21-year-old Matthijs de Ligt and the 22-year-old Merih Demiral in the central defender

At 36 years of age and without a contract in June, Chiellini said he didn’t think “long term”

“I just think every day and I touch wood with a little superstition,” said Chiellini, who has played 72 Champions League games with Juventus and won nine Italian championship titles since joining the club in 2005

“Every time I thought long-term, I was wrong. I live everyday life with enthusiasm, try to give everything and then we’ll see”

Pirlo praised the opponents on Wednesday and pointed out that Porto had not conceded in the last five group matches

“Porto are a compact team that can defend very well,” he said. “It takes patience not to force the game or allow counterattacks”

“They are a very solid and consistent team where the players know each other well,” he said

“You will compete against a team from FC Porto with its own DNA, with a winning mentality, regardless of the opponent”

The game brings Juventus star Ronaldo back to his home country in Juventus colors for the first time

“Ronaldo is coming home and will be even more motivated to score,” said Pirlo

“And there is also the return of that adrenaline, the adrenaline of the knockout rounds, in which he has always shown his worth. He will want to show again who Cristiano Ronaldo is “

“We know that Cristiano can decide a game at any time That’s why he’s considered the best player in the world”We have to be a solid team”

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News – USA – Juventus must shuffle defenses for a visit to Porto – World Soccer Talk

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