Dybala False 9 for Juventus


Juventus use Paulo Dybala as a False 9 flanked by Federico Bernardeschi and Douglas Costa in their final pre-season friendly against Triestina.

The game is a dress rehearsal for next weekend’s Serie A opener with Parma and is played at the Stadio Nereo Rocco.

Cristiano Ronaldo is not involved, as he is still training separately due to muscular issues, while even Coach Maurizio Sarri hasn’t made the trip after a nasty bout of flu.

This is seen as an opportunity to test Dybala in that centre-forward role, leaving Gonzalo Higuain and Mario Mandzukic on the bench.

The results could prove decisive for whether or not Juve put Dybala on the market this summer, after moves to Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur fell through.

Former Manchester City full-back Danilo starts with Alex Sandro on the opposite flank, while Sami Khedira is again given a start, suggesting he too is not for sale.

Juventus:Szczesny; Danilo, Bonucci, Chiellini, Alex Sandro; Khedira, Pjanic, Rabiot; Bernardeschi, Dybala, Douglas Costa

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