It was all around a bad night for Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri as he saw his side lose 2-0 to Marseille in a friendly at the Stade Velodrome on Saturday night. The defeat was compounded by the sigh of big summer signing Sami Khedira being stretchered off.
The German international midfielder Khedira joined Juve from Real Madrid in the close season after seeing the latter part of his time at the Santiago Bernabeu marred by injury problems. And the 28-year-old was has now suffered two muscle injuries since arriving in Turin.
Khedira is expected to miss next week’s Supercoppa Italiana clash with Lazio in China and there is speculation that he may not recover in time for the start of the Serie A season.
“It’s a pity about Khedira’s injury,” said Allegri. “He was doing well and we’ve lost an important player for the Supercoppa.”
Juventus will also be without Giorgio Chiellini and Andrea Barzagli for the Lazio clash and the defensive duo were badly missed as the Italian champions endured a miserable night at Stade Velodrome.
Having fallen behind to a freak goal from Romain Alessandrini, they lost defender Stephan Lichtsteiner to a red card for dissent just before the break and their fate was sealed nine minutes from time when Abdelaziz Barrada volleyed home Marseille’s second of the night.
Allegri, however, insisted that the performance was better than the result.
“We played well in spells tonight,” he said. “And now we’ve got a week to get ready for the Supercoppa.”
Those sentiments were echoed by midfielder Stefano Sturaro, who impressed after being brought on in place of the injured Khedira.
“The red card changed the course of the game,” he said.
“We had to dig deep against a team who are ahead of us in their pre-season.
“We need to focus upon the positive aspects of these friendlies and carry them into the new season.”