Juventus coach Maurizio Sarri is reluctant to start Cristiano Ronaldo, Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain in a star-studded front line.
Higuain looked set to leave Juve in the close-season but, having worked under Sarri at both Napoli and Chelsea, the 31-year-old has been given a prime role in the squad so far this term.
The striker has featured in five of Juve’s six Serie A games this season, making four starts, though he has only managed one goal – scoring in a 4-3 win over his and Sarri’s former club Napoli in August.
Ronaldo and Dybala were preferred for Saturday’s meeting with SPAL, with the latter teeing up his strike partner for a late goal in a routine 2-0 victory.
Despite his side having displayed some wasteful finishing in recent weeks, Sarri has no plans to throw his three star forwards onto the pitch from the start of games just yet.
“Playing Cristiano, Dybala and Higuain all together from the start is an interesting suggestion,” Sarri told a news conference ahead of Juve’s Champions League match with Bayer Leverkusen.
“But we are not yet ready for the level of balance required. For now we could only try this solution for parts of the match.
“It’s a fascinating hypothesis but you have to see everything. For those watching it is beautiful, [but] we must evaluate everything.”