Massimiliano Allegri has backed Paul Pogba to grow in stature this season, following the exit of big names at the club.
The 22-year-old has been rated highly as a midfielder, he has also been a subject of bids from Barcelona, Real Madrid and PSG this summer.
The exit of Tevez, Vidal and Pirlo has left a void that Pogba will look to fill. Juventus are looking to hold on to the Frenchman and Allegri feels he will rise to the task.
“I think that he has the capability to play as a top player, to understand the flow of the game,” said the Juve boss. “Lest we forget that Pogba has played a lot of games for Juventus in the last few years since he arrived.
“He has grown a lot. And this season we expect a leap from him in terms of presence on the pitch so that his team mates can lean on him.”
Allegri was speaking after his side secured the Supercoppa Italiana with a 2-0 win over Lazio in Shanghai, with the performance of goalscorer Mario Mandzukic – a close-season arrival from Atletico Madrid – particularly pleasing the head coach.
He added: “I think that Mandzukic is a great player otherwise I would not give my approval to bring him in.
“Apart from his character, I think that he moves very well in attack. Apart from the goal, I think he has also showed some good individual skills for our second goal.
“Its normal that he still needs to know his team-mates but I would say that I am very happy about his performance especially because he missed a great chance but then recovered immediately after by scoring the opener.”