Milan boss Massimiliano Allegri believes the Bianconeri remain the team to beat in Serie A despite the increased competition for Scudetto glory this season.
The Rossoneri tactician witnessed his team pushed all the way on a tough night of midweek Champions League action in Holland – eventually rescuing a point through Mario Balotelli’s stoppage-time equaliser - but says Sunday’s clash of the Italian giants represents a different occasion entirely.
Speaking ahead of his team's departure for Turin, Allegri began: “Tomorrow’s game will be different from Tuesday’s encounter with Ajax because Juventus play in a different way. I don’t think Conte’s team can be regarded as being in crisis following their draw with Galatasaray. They always play a great brand of football."
The 46-year-old then brushed off suggestions of Antonio Conte’s men enduring a troubled start to the campaign, insisting they still represent the best bet for Scudetto honours come the end of the season.
“I think Juve have the same characteristics as they did both two months ago and last year, as far as I’m concerned they remain favouries for the Scudetto. We’ll need to battle on the field of play, and I think we’ll see a great game tomorrow night."
Confirming the involvement of former Bianconeri frontman Alessandro Matri from the starting whistle, Allegri believes the recent arrival will not have to wait much longer before opening his account in the red and white stripes.
He added: “Matri will play alongside Robinho up front. Alessandro needs to remain calm, if the goal doesn’t come tomorrow it will come our next game.”