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Key absences unlikely to ruffle Juventus coach Allegri

Turin: A fit-again Chris Lynn was seen batting in full flow along with Sunil Narine as two-time former champions Kolkata Knight Riders geared up for the Indian Premier League with a practice match at the Eden Gardens on Monday.
Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri will have to reshuffle his side again for Real Madrid's visit on Tuesday, yet it is all water off a duck's back for one of Europe's master tacticians
In just under four seasons at Juve, Allegri, who will be unable to call on suspended defender Medhi Benatia and midfielder Miralem Pjanic, has shown himself to have an uncanny knack of switching formations between and often during matches.
Juventus, who host Real in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final, have won three successive Italian league and cup doubles and reached two Champions League finals under Allegri's pragmatic leadership.
During that period, Allegri has repeatedly and successfully managed to rebuild his side after the departures of key players such as Andrea Pirlo, Arturo Vidal, Carlos Tevez, Paul Pogba and Leonardo Bonucci.
Bonucci's departure at the end of last season meant the break-up of the formidable BBC defence, which also featured Giorgio Chiellini and Andrea Barzagli.
But Morocco defender Benatia has stepped ably into the gap and defence remains as miserly as ever.
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