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Andrea Barzagli Hails Medhi Benatia as ‘Crucial’ for Juventus Following Bonucci Departure

​Juventus centre-back Andrea Barzagli believes that Medhi Benatia is now “displaying who he actually is” and that the Moroccan is “essential” for the Italian aspect.

Benatia has performed the final 5 matches for the Italian giants, serving to Juventus maintain clear sheets in every of these video games.

The Moroccan has captained his nation and performed for German champions Bayern Munich throughout an unbelievable profession. Nonetheless, Barzagli claims that solely now could be Benatia taking part in to his full capabilities.


Talking to Sky Italy, Barzagli stated: “in my opinion, Medhi is a participant who’s lastly displaying the perfect of himself.

“I additionally assume he understands the significance he has within the crew, he’s a key man this yr as a result of Leo [Bonucci] was a key man and in my view he’s a participant of the identical stage.

“Medhi is captain of his nationwide crew, he’s performed for Bayern Munich and he’s displaying who he actually is. He’s essential for us now.”

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The Italian defender was additionally requested about ahead Paulo Dybala’s current struggles for type, however Barzagli acknowledged that he’s assured the Argentinian will get again to his greatest.

He added: “I’ve seen him the identical as at all times, his temper hasn’t modified; not now nor when he was scoring all these objectives at first of the season. It’s a little bit of a troublesome interval, and I believe he’s a lad who is superb at understanding and perceiving issues.

“So he took Gigi and Pavel’s phrases positively and we are able to solely hope they are often the set off for him to get again to doing what he’s at all times performed.” 

The 36-year-old added: “However a bit of interval of decline can occur.


“He’s had some good matches too, I assumed at Napoli he performed very well and sacrificed himself. He’s simply lacking a purpose and we hope it’ll come quickly.”

Juventus are at the moment third in Serie A and sit two factors behind leaders Inter Milan, who they drew Zero-Zero with on Saturday. The Turin crew now journey to Bologna and will likely be hoping to overhaul their title rivals.


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