Thomas Partey’s absence won’t affect Atletico Madrid in UCL return leg – Juve coach Massimiliano Allegri insists

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Juventus coach, Massimiliano Allegri says his side will have it tough to play against Atletico Madrid despite the absence of Thomas Partey for the reverse fixture in the UEFA Champions League.

The 25-year-old will miss the return leg in Turin after picking a yellow card in their 2-0 win at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium on February 20.

“Thomas [Partey] will be out, and they will be even more hard to break down and we will have to be quick in our play and precise in our passing, something that today was missing,” he told the club’s official website.

“On 12th March, we will be in the best possible condition, but we must still continue to grow. [Miralem] Pjanic was sick today, [Sami] Khedira was out, whilst [Leonardo] Bonucci and [Giorgio] Chiellini are back.

“I’m optimistic over the return leg. You have to slowly build the side up. Today was a part of the puzzle, and on the 12th we will need to come into the game with our adrenaline sky high!”

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