08.03.2015 14:18 - in: Serie A S

    Allegri: “Focused for the final straight”

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    The boss urges his men to be on their guard ahead of Monday night’s visit of Sassuolo: “We must improve, stop conceding and work on our focus”

    Massimiliano Allegri says the Bianconeri must cut out the errors which cost them in midweek against Fiorentina, starting with tomorrow night’s visit of Sassuolo to Juventus Stadium.

    With the season entering its crunch stage, Allegri is eager for his men to sharpen up their focus and keep picking up the points to push them towards a fourth consecutive Scudetto title.

    The visit of an energetic Sassuolo outfit, however, represents a potential banana skin for the reigning champions and the manager is calling on the Bianconeri to rediscover their defensive solidity in order to keep the likes of Simone Zaza and Domenico Berardi at bay.  

    Speaking to the media in Vinovo, the 47-year-old began: “Sassuolo are never an easy team to face and dangerous in open space, with three front men whose talents few teams can boast.

    “We must improve, stop conceding and work on our focus, because we’re at the final straight of the season. We’re in good physical shape though, and we’ll need to put in a great performance on Monday night.”

    Allegri then went on to address the criticism he and his team have faced in the aftermath of Thursday’s reverse against Fiorentina.

    He believes the reaction to have been excessive, pointing out that, aside from a few minutes at the start of the second half, the Bianconeri acquitted themselves well against their in-form visitors.

    “We’ve calmly sat down and analysed the Fiorentina match, because it seemed as if the game was a disaster. Instead, if you take away the seven minutes of madness at the start of the second half, when we afforded them two shots and then conceded from our own mistake, we had four or five important opportunities of our own and Fiorentina barely got out of their half.

    “We must avoid the situations in which we allowed them to counter, but I wouldn’t change any of the decisions I made. Fiorentina will be favourites for the return leg, but we’re capable of overturning the scoreline.

    “This team has won three consecutive league titles and it seems as if people think it’s just naturally going to happen again this season. I think a bit of enthusiasm has been lost, winning four league titles isn’t straightforward and few teams throughout history have managed to do so.

    “Everyone should be proud of what these lads are doing. The league still isn’t over and calm is required. We must keep working, take the positive aspects on board and limit the negative ones.”

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