Pjanic: ‘Two formations benefit us’

Miralem Pjanic was happy with the win against Roma and said Juventus “strong points” could be the possible change of formations during the game.

The Bosnia international starred in the 3-1 win and claimed it was obvious that Juventus “want to win this cup”.

“Our goal was to advance to the next round, we want to win this cup,” Pjanic told Sky Sport Italia. “We want to win this cup. We wanted to bring home the win, you could tell straight away.

“We reviewed the game from the League, we knew where we could hurt them, and we took advantage of it. We could have done better in the second half, but overall we had a great game.”

Pjanic pointed out that the change of formation between 4-3-1-2 and 4-3-3 could be an advantage for the proceedings in the Old Lady’s season, as they are fighting on three fronts.

“The only change is that one of the attackers come down to help us out,” he said. “Lately we are changing quite a bit. Sarri often goes from 4-3-1-2 to 4-3-3 in the same game.

“Against Roma we started with 4-3-3 and it went well. It wasn’t easy, because something changed in our defending. Sarri also had some great signs, changing formation during the game is one of our strong points and we have to use it for the rest of the season, both in the League and in the Champions League.”

He expects a tough battle against Gennaro Gattuso’s Napoli this weekend and said they “will have to give everything to get the three points”.

“Napoli are always Napoli, a good team,” he added. “I have seen their last two matches; they have a bit more difficulty in the League but played a good game in the Coppa Italia.

“We expect a Napoli with pride, they have a prepared coach and he knows how to make his team play well.

“However, it’s not easy for them to prepare for the game right now, since things are not going as well as they hoped for. But we will face a strong opponent, we will have to give everything to get the three points. It will not be simple, but this is what we want.”

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Roma sweating over Diawara

Roma are sweating over the fitness of Amadou Diawara, who will undergo further tests in hope of avoiding surgery.

The midfielder might have injured the external meniscus in his left knee during the Coppa Italia defeat to Juventus and if that’s the case, he could be out for the next three months.

The Guinean has previously had damages to the same knee, but then it was the internal meniscus and a shorter time of the recovery.

According to Sky Sport Italia, if he needs surgery, he will be missing until April, after already sitting out one month of the campaign due to the previous injury to the same knee.

Bryan Cristante is back and will provide the cover for Diawara during the derby this weekend.

After losing Nicolò Zaniolo, also against Juventus but in the League match at the Olimpico, Fonseca has been forced to dive into the transfer market, but no deal has materialised of yet.

Diawara has played 12 games in Serie A for Roma this term and the 22-year-old also missed three and a half months due to a muscle injury whilst at Napoli last season.

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Danilo out of Napoli and Viola

Juventus confirmed that they need to cope without Danilo against Napoli and Fiorentina, as tests have revealed a hamstring injury in the right thigh.

Danilo was injured during the 3-1 win against Roma in the quarter-final of the Coppa Italia on Wednesday and had to go off after 41 minutes.

Today the Brazillian has been through some tests and revealed a “low-grade lesion to the semimembranosus muscle of the right thigh”, as stated in the medical report published on Juventus’ official website.

“In 10 days, the exams will be repeated to define a precise time of recovery.”

The hamstring problem will keep the right-back, who has filled in at the left lately, out of the next two games.

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The news will mean that Maurizio Sarri must find a solution for the game at the San Paolo against Napoli this Sunday and on February 2, when they host Fiorentina at the Allianz Stadium.

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Coppa: Juventus sweep Roma aside

Juventus got the job done in the first half of their 3-1 victory over Roma, sending them through to the Coppa Italia semi-final against Milan or Torino.

Maurizio Sarri made six changes from the weekend’s Serie A win over Parma, including Douglas Costa and Daniele Rugani in a 4-3-3 formation, but Mattia De Sciglio, Giorgio Chiellini, Samu Khedira and Merih Demiral were injured. Paulo Fonseca couldn’t afford many choices, as Edin Dzeko was suspended, with Javier Pastore, Federico Fazio, Nicolò Zaniolo, Diego Perotti, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Mirco Antonucci and Davide Zappacosta injured.

Justin Kluivert couldn’t keep his shot down from close range on an Alessandro Florenzi assist, as the visitors had the better start, but didn’t finish their promising moves.

Instead, Juve scored on the counter. Gonzalo Higuain sent Ronaldo sprinting down the left and his left-foot finish was drilled into the far bottom corner from a tight angle. It was CR7’s 13th goal in the last 10 competitive games for Juventus.

Danilo drilled wide, but Rodrigo Bentancur doubled Juve’s lead. He started the run from midfield, combined with Douglas Costa, rode a tackle and was fortunate his scuffed finish bounced in off the inside of the far post.

Douglas Costa stung Pau Lopez’s gloves from the edge of the box after intercepting a loose ball, but Danilo limped off with a muscular problem, so Juan Cuadrado had to come on despite suffering from flu symptoms.

It was nearly 3-0, Gianluca Mancini making a decisive, brave block on Miralem Pjanic. However, on the resulting short corner, a Douglas Costa cross was floated in for Leonardo Bonucci’s header and he sprung the offside trap for 3-0.

Davide Santon replaced misfiring Kluivert for the restart and Roma had a huge double chance immediately. Lorenzo Pellegrini’s solo effort was only parried by Gigi Buffon and Nikola Kalinic fired the rebound on to the upright from point-blank range.

Moments later, the woodwork was rattled at the other end by a looping Higuain header on Ronaldo’s cross from the right.

Roma had come out fighting for the second half and got back into the game, as a ferocious Cengiz Under solo effort from the edge of the area bounced off the underside of the bar, hit Buffon on the back and rebounded in.

It was almost 3-2 on 56 minutes when a Mancini slide-rule pass released Florenzi down the left, but Buffon was decisive this time, rushing out to block with his legs one-on-one.

This was a far more open second half, Higuain’s volley on a Juan Cuadrado cross straight at Pau Lopez from point-blank range. Daniele Rugani needed a fantastic defensive header to stop Kalinic turning in at the far post.

Aleksandar Kolarov thought he’d made it 3-2 deep into stoppages, but his header was brilliantly palmed off the line by Buffon at full stretch.

Juventus 3-1 Roma

Ronaldo 26 (J), Bentancur 38 (J), Bonucci 45 (J), Buffon og 50 (R)

Juventus: Buffon; Danilo (Cuadrado 41), Rugani, Bonucci, Alex Sandro; Bentancur, Pjanic, Rabiot (Matuidi 76); Douglas Costa (Ramsey 67), Higuain, Ronaldo

Roma: Pau Lopez; Florenzi (Veretout 68), Mancini, Smalling, Kolarov; Diawara (Peres 76), Cristante; Under, Pellegrini, Kluivert (Santon 46); Kalinic

Ref: Rocchi

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HT: Juventus crushing Roma

Juventus have the 3-0 half-time lead over Roma in the Coppa Italia quarter-final thanks to Cristiano Ronaldo, Rodrigo Bentancur and Leonardo Bonucci.

The winners of this fixture will go on to face either Milan or Torino in the two-legged semi-final.

Maurizio Sarri made six changes from the weekend’s Serie A win over Parma, including Douglas Costa and Daniele Rugani in a 4-3-3 formation, but Mattia De Sciglio, Giorgio Chiellini, Samu Khedira and Merih Demiral were injured. Paulo Fonseca couldn’t afford many choices, as Edin Dzeko was suspended, with Javier Pastore, Federico Fazio, Nicolò Zaniolo, Diego Perotti, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Mirco Antonucci and Davide Zappacosta injured.

Justin Kluivert couldn’t keep his shot down from close range on an Alessandro Florenzi assist, as the visitors had the better start, but didn’t finish their promising moves.

Instead, Juve scored on the counter. Gonzalo Higuain sent Ronaldo sprinting down the left and his left-foot finish was drilled into the far bottom corner from a tight angle. It was CR7’s 13th goal in the last 10 competitive games for Juventus.

Danilo drilled wide, but Rodrigo Bentancur doubled Juve’s lead. He started the run from midfield, combined with Douglas Costa, rode a tackle and was fortunate his scuffed finish bounced in off the inside of the far post.

Douglas Costa stung Pau Lopez’s gloves from the edge of the box after intercepting a loose ball, but Danilo limped off with a muscular problem, so Juan Cuadrado had to come on despite suffering from flu symptoms.

It was nearly 3-0, Gianluca Mancini making a decisive, brave block on Miralem Pjanic. However, on the resulting short corner, a cross was floated in for Leonardo Bonucci’s header and he sprung the offside trap for 3-0.

Juventus 3-0 Roma (Half-Time)

Ronaldo 26 (J), Bentancur 38 (J), Bonucci 45 (J)

Juventus: Buffon; Danilo (Cuadrado 41), Rugani, Bonucci, Alex Sandro; Bentancur, Pjanic, Rabiot; Douglas Costa, Higuain, Ronaldo

Roma: Pau Lopez; Florenzi, Mancini, Smalling, Kolarov; Diawara, Cristante; Under, Pellegrini, Kluivert; Kalinic

Ref: Rocchi

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