15.05.2015 15:11 - in: Serie A S

    Allegri to shuffle his pack for the San Siro

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    The boss previews Saturday’s Derby d’Italia in Milan: “I’ll be resting several players tomorrow, but it’s still Juventus against Inter. We have to put in a great performance at the San Siro”

    Massimiliano Allegri says he will rest five first-team regulars for Saturday evening’s Derby d’Italia clash with Inter at the San Siro, where he is calling for a big performance from those given the chance to shine.

    Speaking to the media in Vinovo, the 47-year-old said: “It's still Juventus against Inter and they're in the hunt for a Europa League place. We have to go to the San Siro and put in a great performance technically and in terms of our intensity. You always need to play well when you go there.

    “Now that I've got everyone bar Caceres available, there'll be the chance for the guys who haven't played as much to have a run-out, especially those who were out for a long while.

    “I'll have Asamoah fit tomorrow and he needs to play some football. Even though he's not in our Champions League squad it's important for him to assess his fitness levels. Tevez, Pirlo, Buffon, Evra and Vidal will remain at home.”

    After getting past Real Madrid in midweek to set up a Champions League showdown with Barcelona, the Bianconeri bandwagon will be rolling towards its next main target of the season on Wednesday night, when Lazio provide the opposition in the Coppa Italia final.

    Excitement for the meeting with Luis Enrique’s men in Berlin is naturally at fever pitch, but Allegri says his men need to focus on tackling one hurdle at a time, starting with the “big prize” on offer in Rome. 

    “Obviously we're very excited about making the Champions League final, and rightly so, but we have to keep our eyes on what is a real, big prize in the Coppa Italia, which Juventus haven't won in 20 years.

    “Then after the final and Napoli we'll have a week where we'll have a few days' complete rest. We'll need to prepare for the Champions League final without being overwhelmed and not go into it feeling anxious.

    “It's a final that we have to approach in the knowledge that our opponents are a superb side and that we have a good chance of bringing home the Champions League.

    “It won't be easy, but I don't think the Champions League final is ever easy. We mustn't go into it feeling stressed because the final is in June, we can't move it or play it any sooner.”

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