Roberto Mancini says he is not expecting newly crowned champions Juventus to take their eye off the ball despite having their sights fixed on the Coppa Italia and Champions League.
His opposite number Massimiliano Allegri revealed earlier that the Bianconeri will be travelling to the San Siro without five big name players but Mancini, whose side are in the hunt for a Europa League spot, believes adrenaline alone will be enough to propel Juventus through another 90 minutes.
Speaking to the media in Milan, he began: “Tomorrow will be difficult because Juventus are riding on the crest of a wave and even if they change a few players, those who feature will be fresher and eager to give a good account of themselves.
“They deserved to win the league and you’ve got to take your hat off for their title and Champions League final achievements.”
The recent resurgence of Juventus is something Mancini is keen to emulate at his own club where he believes sound investments will provide the key to a return to winning ways.
“To do so you need to be smart and quick in bringing in the right players and that’s precisely what Juventus have done. Pirlo is one of the best midfielders of the last 15 years. Not everyone thought he made the right move in leaving Milan, instead he’s given Juventus something even more.”
For tomorrow’s meeting the former Manchester City boss will be without the injured Fredy Guarin and suspended Hernanes, meaning Xherdan Shaqiri could get the nod in the middle of the park.
“It’s a pity we’re without them, because they’re two big players for us. If Shaqiri plays, I hope he puts in a great performance.”