Allegri: ‘Juventus want every trophy’
Massimiliano Allegri confirms Juventus want to win “every” trophy this season, but warns “we can’t fall asleep like we did with Manchester United”.
The Bianconeri face Valencia in the Champions League tomorrow as they look to secure a place in the Last 16, and the Coach spoke alongside Joao Cancelo in the pre-match Press conference.
“[Blaise] Matuidi and [Giorgio] Chiellini will come back in,” Allegri confirmed.
“After that it won’t be 4-3-3 but 4-3 and then we’ll see what happens up-front. It’s not easy to put [Juan] Cuadrado or Douglas Costa on the bench and that’s a good sign for us.
“In a few days we’ll have Emre [Can] and [Federico] Bernardeschi back. There are a lot of matches but we all have a common objective, to get to the end and win some trophies or, maybe, every one. We hope it’s all of them.
“Mattia De Sciglio has taken a knock, but I have the three centre-backs if he can’t make the bench tomorrow.
“On Saturday [Daniele] Rugani played and he did well. He’s one of the best young defenders, and not just in Italy.”
Juve are eight points clear in Serie A, with some suggesting the Scudetto race is already over…
“There are so many games to go until the end of the season, from now until December 29 we have a lot of head-to-head games: Inter, Roma, Fiorentina, Atalanta.
“Just as in the Champions League we’ll take it a step at a time, nothing is taken for granted. Tomorrow we want to get through and secure first place, but Valencia are in good form.
“Tomorrow they can keep their qualification hopes alive, and we can’t fall asleep like we did with Manchester United.
“It’s just a matter of focus, and losing against United did us good because if not we’d have stumbled against Milan.
“We must have respect for Valencia, they’ve only lost one of their last 10 matches. Tomorrow at 11pm we’ll know everything.”
Neto spoke in Valencia’s Press conference, and admitted he was unhappy with his lack of playing time under Allegri.
“It would have been difficult for anyone, because ahead of him he had the best in the history of football [Gigi Buffon],” Allegri pointed out.
“He played a lot, not least in the Coppa Italia, and I was happy with him at Juve. Then he made another choice and he’s doing well at Valencia.”
Paulo Dybala struggled at the start of the season, but has come into form now.
“I expect a good match from Paulo, the same as I expect from the whole team.
“We’ve improved on the counter-attack, even if there is still more to be done when running toward the opponent’s goal.
“There are times when you need to be quicker.”
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