After saying earlier in the week that the Bianconeri’s season would begin in earnest tomorrow, Massimiliano Allegri has reiterated the importance of claiming the first points of 2015/16 when Chievo visit Juventus Stadium on Saturday evening.
Allegri, under no illusions of the challenge posed by the current league leaders, also stressed the need to focus on one game at a time, as his charges enter a period of the season where fixtures are coming thick and fast, with a trip to Manchester City penciled in the diary for next Tuesday.
Speaking to journalists in Vinovo, he began: “We need to bring home a first win of the season against a team that sits top of the table and is playing well. In contrast to previous years, they will come to Turin to play without pressure and may even look to get a victory themselves.
“Starting from tomorrow, we enter a busy run of a match every three days, every one of which is important and needs to be dealt with the utmost, undivided attention.”
Following reverses to Udinese and Roma, Allegri urged his men to approach tomorrow’s match with a clear conscience of the task at hand, stressing that the club had no option but to return to the winning ways that have illustrated its proud history.
“We need to be realistic about the two losses. We know that we need to win tomorrow, but we should not be tense or play with fear. The name of the game is to play with a clear head and confidence of getting the points.
“At Juventus there’s no such thing as a transitional period. We always play to win and that’s the right way of going about it. We’re fully concentrated on the next challenges and will work towards being in a stronger position in the league as well as having kicked off our Champions League campaign in positive fashion.”
Turning his attentions to the team at his disposal for the meeting with Rolando Maran’s men, the Tuscan tactician said that he would give starting berths to Claudio Marchisio and Alex Sandro, adding that Andrea Barzagli would also most likely play from the first minute. Meanwhile, Alvaro Morata’s condition would be monitored after the striker overcame flu symptoms to return to training yesterday.
After a busy transfer window, the 48-year-old expressed his satisfaction at the various options at his disposal, emphasising how useful his squad’s versatility would be over the course of the campaign. He added that his charges now need to push on from a difficult start to challenge in all three competitions by next spring.
“The squad boasts a variety of qualities, which can be a real positive during an entire season, when there’ll be moments when you can call upon certain players and others when different men can have an effect.”
He concluded: “Now that I have almost the whole team back fit, we have no option but to push on and have a strong season. I want us to be fighting on all fronts come March.”