Massimiliano Allegri is keen for his troops to avoid the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich in the next round of this season’s Champions League, knowing that a draw in tomorrow’s final Group D game against Sevilla would see them do just that.
The Bianconeri’s form in the early stages of Europe’s premier club competition has represented an improvement on last season and finishing top of a competitive group would be just reward for their performances.
Speaking to the media in Seville, Allegri began: “It’s the most important group game. Claiming top spot would see us avoid Barca, Real and Bayern, the three strongest teams in Europe. We also want to maintain our unbeaten streak in Europe.
"We’ve improved on last season’s group display, we’ve got more points on the board and conceded just two goals, both away from home.”
While spirits in the camp remain high following a run of six straight wins in all competitions, there have been a few injury headaches for Allegri ahead of Tuesday night’s fixture, with Mario Mandzukic, Patrice Evra, Sami Khedira, Martin Caceres and Mario Lemina all remaining behind to recover in Vinovo.