On Friday afternoon in Vinovo, Massimiliano Allegri held his pre-match press conference looking ahead to Saturday night's sold out encounter vs Inter at the San Siro. Here's what the boss had to say:
DERBY DAY INTENSITY
"Tomorrow, we play a great game against Inter, the Derby d'Italia in a wonderful stadium against a team that has allowed only 23 goals and just 2 in the last 9 games. We must, therefore, play a great game and then there will be three more. Saturday and Sunday won’t decide the Scudetto because there is still plenty to play and in football we have seen things change many times.
"Now is a great time where we need to show every ounce of courage, freedom, enthusiasm and willpower. We must be ready for every ball and every tackle. The league is all to play for. On Sunday, we fouled our opponent eight times and suffered 18 fouls which is a negative figure for us. Tomorrow, we have to play the right way otherwise we won’t come out alive.
"It’s simple, the more we think about it, the worse we play. Tomorrow night at 20.45 the whistle will blow and we have a football game to play, that’s it…We must think about ourselves and try to win to achieve our seventh Scudetto rather than get tangled up in our own heads. I’m sure we will play a good match and play right until the end.
"The first match against Inter was different. For us, it was perhaps one of the best matches we’ve played regarding our intensity as they did not even have an opportunity. It will be a different game on Saturday because they have to win for the Champions League and we for the Scudetto."