Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuain has only scored twice in eight matches in all competitions this season, his most recent goal coming against Chievo on September 9, and was left on the bench for Juventus’ 4-0 rout of Torino in the Turin derby on Saturday, a decision coach Massimiliano Allegro as explained post-match.
“Higuain was on the bench because there are many games and I preferred to give him a rest,” Allegri told Mediaset Premium.
“He’s an important player for us, there are moments when things work better at one time than another. There will be times when everyone gets time out, otherwise we won’t be able to maintain our consistency.
“I preferred to leave him out, he has already scored two goals this season and will score many more. He just needs to rediscover – or perhaps he never lost it – the calm of not feeling the need to score at all costs.
“I thank Mandzukic for his performance. I’m sure he could happily play in midfield too, he’s got physicality and technique, so can do a job anywhere.”
Pre-game, Juve general manager Giuseppe Marotta said: “It is absolutely a technical decision, you can call it squad rotation, as the coach is aware of the capabilities of these players and chose this XI without Higuain.