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Del Piero: "João Felix is destined to be the best of the best"

Ahead of Atletico Madrid's visit to Turin, the former Juventus legend analysed the Spanish side and their Portuguese striker.

Del Piero se hace una foto con una aficionado. La leyenda de la Juventus analiza el duelo contra el Atlético de Champions.
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Ahead of the match-day five of the 2019-20 Champions League as Atlético Madrid travel to Turin to face Juve in Group D, bianconeri great Alessandro Del Piero analysed the fixture:  

Dybala and Higuaín are back in great form again. Who would you use in the game against Atleti?

Sarri is doing well with his rotation system with the side securing great results. If Cristiano is fit, I'd play Higuaín with him and allow Dybala some time in the second half.

De Ligt has had a complicated adaptation process…

Chiellini's absence is a major blow but I have faith in Matthijs. He has great potential and is improving on a game by game basis.

Matthijs de Ligt of Juventus FC
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Juventus are through to the next phase so do you expect the team to be more relaxed with the Atleti visit?

I don't think so, they will want to guarantee top spot in the group and Atleti are tough opposition.

How do you explain Simeone's side's season to date?
It's far too soon to jump to conclusions as they underwent a major overhaul of players this summer and could still win everything, the Champions League and LaLiga. We have to wait and see, there is plenty of time ahead.

Casillas recently stated that Jan Oblak is the best keeper in the world, What do you feel?

He's a fine stopper for sure and is up there with the best.

Do you see João Félix as a future Ballon d'Or winner?

Joao Felix of Club Atletico de Madrid
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Joao Felix of Club Atletico de MadridAitor AlcaldeGetty Images

He's already forging a name for himself with the best and has everything on his side. My only advice to him is to be true to his great talent at every training session and be obsessive about this. That way he will be unstoppable in the future. I'll say it again, he has everything to be the best. 

Finally, a quick question on Euro 2020: Should Spain fear Italy again?

Mancini is doing a very fine job. To win the European Championship he needs to do more than just qualify the way he has. We need to build a team and a strong mentality. Roberto is having a very positive effect on the Nazionale.


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