22.12.2016 15:30 - in: Super Cup S

    Allegri eyes final objective of 2016

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    “After finishing the year on top of the Serie A table and reaching the Champions League last 16 as group winners, our third aim of the season is now to triumph in tomorrow’s Super Cup final”

    Sights set on Super Cup success

    “Everyone is in good shape at present and we know just how important tomorrow’s match is. Coming off the back of a great run of results, we need to be careful that we don’t fall foul of complacency on the night.

    “This should not happen because at stake there’s the first trophy of the season, which is one of three key objectives we set ourselves for the first half of this campaign.

    “The boys have done very well in achieving the other two, namely to end the year top of the table (having played a game less than second-placed Roma) and to reach the last 16 of the Champions League as group winners. Now we need to ensure we clear the final of these three hurdles tomorrow.”

    Rossoneri to be respected

    “Juventus vs Milan is always a closely fought encounter where very often the two teams cancel out one another. We ended up losing the last match but, even when we’d won on previous occasions, we had never completely dominated the match or the scoreline. Indeed, we can expect another tough contest tomorrow.”

    Full focus fundamental 

    “We’ve no advantage at all for arriving here a day earlier than Milan. Everyone will be talking about that before and after the match, but we just need to stay focused on what we need to do. Our preparations are going well, even if it should be noted that it’s never easy going into the final match before the Christmas break.

    “That’s also the case for the first game back after the festive period, which this time around is against Bologna on 8 January. Along with the first match of the season, these three fixtures are the hardest and we’ll need to work that bit more to make sure we’re in the right state of mind for tomorrow night.”

    Team news

    “I still need to decide if I will go with two or three men up front, which depends on whether (Miralem) Pjanic is available or not. We’ve also (Juan) Cuadrado who can play tomorrow, so I’ve still some thinking to do between now and kick-off.”

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