Gonzalo Higuain is crucial for Juventus and helps win trophies - Chiellini

Gonzalo Higuain is crucial for Juventus and helps win trophies - Chiellini”

Higuain has scored twice in five Serie A games this season but has cut a frustrated figure at times, with his situation not helped by his continued omission from the Argentina squad.

Former Juventus player Fabrizio Ravanelli believes that Gonzalo Higuain is "a burden" to the club at present and is struggling as a effect of being overlooked by the Argentina national team. "Allegri continuing to play him doesn't help him, because at this moment he needs tranquility".

"I don't think he has a physical problem - it's more of a psychological one", he told Radio Sportiva.

"I think being left out of the national team hurt him, he should rest, above all his head".

Torino's last win away to Juve came in 1995 - since then the Bianconeri have enjoyed eight wins and three draws against the Granata at their own ground.

Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini has defended Gonzalo Higuain after the forward was criticised for his lack of goals so far this season.

"Right now, he's not involved in the game, and the team can do without somebody like that".

Ravanelli believes Higuain could now benefit from an enforced break, with his omission from the Argentine global fold having hit him harder than he would like to admit.

"I'd leave him out for the derby".

Torino have managed to score in each of their last six games against Juve, following a run of 10 derbies in which they failed to score a single goal.

However, this season it has been Paulo Dybala who is scoring the goals and taking the headlines while Higuain's confidence appears to have taken a hit after being dropped from Argentina's national team.

Higuain scored three goals in two matches against Torino last season, including a stoppage-time equalizer, and opposing coach Sinisa Mihajlovic knows his side can not afford to underestimate him.

Juventus have won all five of their Serie A games so far this season and are now in second place in Serie A.

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