16.12.2016 15:00 - in: Serie A S

    Spalletti: “We must play to our strengths”

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    Roma coach Luciano Spalletti warns against his side sitting deep during Saturday night’s showdown at Juventus Stadium

    A match of great match-ups

    “A lot’s been said about the comparisons between Higuain and Dzeko. All eyes will be on them, of course, as I believe there’ll be the top goal scorers in Serie A at the end of the season. Then there’s Szczesny and Buffon in goal in what’s another eye-catching duel.”

    Bianconeri the team to beat

    “Juve have been excellent at maintaining the very high standards they’ve set, showing great strength and securing top results along the way.

    “They’re one of the reasons why today you need 100 points to win the Scudetto. For us, looking at Juve helps to drive us on and always do better.” 

    What to expect on Saturday? 

    “They’ll press high up the pitch, which will raise the atmosphere inside the stadium. Not much changes if Dybala plays or not. I expect to see Mandzukic from the start alongside Higuain. This match will also be one for the individual stars to shine.

    “We need to make sure that we cope well with their attacks and show our own qualities. It’s very simple, really. Tomorrow’s game is a crucial one for us. If we go to Turin to defend, we’re certain to lose. Therefore, we have to lay the right foundations from which we can play to our strengths. Our objective is to ensure that the return match in Rome will be a decisive one for the title.”

    A word on Allegri

    “He’s a great friend, a well-mannered man and an excellent coach. Of course, he’s in charge of a top club which helps, but he’s doing a brilliant job of managing it.”

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