Massimiliano Allegri says his men will be going all out to get their hands on the Coppa Italia by overcoming Lazio tomorrow night, putting any thoughts of their upcoming Champions League final with Barcelona firmly to the backs of their minds.
The last hurdle of this season’s Coppa Italia will see the Bianconeri bid to make it a perfect 10 triumphs in Italy’s domestic cup competition and continue a winning feeling that Allegri feels would stand them in good stead for final number two in Berlin.
Speaking to the media in the capital, the 47-year-old began: “We have two finals to play and both have the same importance. The Coppa Italia is first up and represents our second target of the season. We’ll look to bring the cup home.
“It will be difficult, but we want to win. It would be an extraordinary result and achieving it would give us extra enthusiasm with which to prepare for our game against Barcelona.”
The Tuscan tactician acknowledges his men will not be given an easy ride against a Lazio outfit who have enjoyed an outstanding 2015, saying he will require the contributions of fresh legs to maximise his team’s chances of clinching their second silverware of the season.
“Tomorrow will be difficult because it’s a one-off game with a trophy up for grabs. It will be an even affair and it could possibly go into extra-time. That’s why it will be important to have players in good shape, including those who will be on the bench.”
Juventus are expected to go with a full strength starting XI tomorrow and, after revealing Andrea Pirlo’s inclusion in his line-up, Allegri went on to explain why it is important his team maintain their momentum right up until the last game of the season.
“Pirlo will start. Before Barcelona we’ll have tomorrow’s game with Lazio and then two more Serie A clashes against Napoli and Verona. We can’t rest up until 6 June, instead we need to work and train in order to reach the final in peak condition.”