The Coppa Italia returns to Allianz Stadium on Wednesday night as Juventus host Genoa in the round of 16 and Massimiliano Allegri spoke about the match to reporters after Tuesday's training session in Vinovo.
FOUR BIG DAYS BEGIN HERE
"The Coppa Italia is an important objective of ours, just like the league. We’ve won the trophy for three years in a row and we want to kick off another successful cup run tomorrow.
"A win on Wednesday would give us a big boost heading into the Roma match on Saturday. These are four crucial days in our season."
Allegri confirmed that Federico Bernardeschi, Daniele Rugani, Wojciech Szczesny and Paulo Dybala would all be in the starting eleven before elaborating on further team news:
"We are evaluating Juan Cuadrado day-by-day and I hope to have him available for Roma. Gianluigi Buffon hasn't trained this week and it's very unlikely that he'll be available for Roma.
"Giorgio Chiellini is available. He's fresh and has trained well so he may start tomorrow. I'll be choosing between him and Andrea Barzagli. Meanwhile, Stephan Lichtsteiner is back with us and I think he'll play tomorrow."
"Marko Pjaca will be able to do well as a lone striker or maybe playing paired with another forward, because he is a player who has speed, technique, movement and gets behind defences well.
"As for tomorrow, our goal is to advance to the next round whether Pjaca plays or not. The important thing is that Juventus play a good match tomorrow regardless of who is on the field or on the bench because it's a match that we have to win."
AN IMPORTANT MATCH FOR DYBALA
"Paulo Dybala played well on Sunday when he entered the match in Bologna and tomorrow he has a game to play like everyone else. It’s a match we need to win and maybe it can serve as a moment in which he gets back on track in front of goal.
"Dybala is a player that must create goals as well as score them. He is not just a goalscorer…Paulo understands that tomorrow is an important match for him and Juventus."
A VERY SIMPLE OBJECTIVE
"From what I'm told, the stadium is nearly sold out, so it's a major motivation for us with all our fans cheering us on. We can't afford to be eliminated from the Coppa Italia tomorrow night. If that happened, we would face Roma in a far different mood, because we would be out of a competition that we play to win every year.
"It's very simple. Tomorrow we must put in a performance that seals a spot in the next round."