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      30.03.2018 13:00 - in: Serie A S

      Allegri: "Focus on Milan first, Madrid later"

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      The Juventus boss wants full attention on what he believes is a tough Milan side in tomorrow night's big encounter

      TWO HUGE MATCHES AWAIT

      "We can only think about tomorrow night for now, otherwise we risk going onto the pitch already a goal down, we will think about Real Madrid from Monday. Napoli only have one possible objective left and that’s winning the title and they are having a great season. There are nine games left and we play five of them at home.

      "We want to reach the final on 26 May but our main objective is the league. In order to get there, we will have to play two games a week until 13 May. Anyway, taking things one step at a time, tomorrow we have Milan and then we will play seven more matches until we face Napoli.

      "We have all worked hard to arrive at this point, I was saying that we need to be challenging on all three fronts come March, we're here now and we are in all competitions. We have given a lot to be here, in the last four years out of a total 232 matches we could have played, we have played 224, I don't think these are numbers to be sniffed at."

      MILAN FORM

      "Tomorrow we have Milan who in the last 10 games, have won eight times and drawn twice, and have won their last five. It's still Juventus-Milan, a big match that will be balanced.

      "Gattuso deserves the compliments for the work that he’s done, he’s won over the initial sceptics with results, with the way the team plays and with his character. He has used his experience well from his playing days and only deserves compliments for what he is doing.

      "It will be a special evening for Bonucci who gave a lot to Juve and vice versa, he chose to take a different path, it was his choice but he remains in the heart of the fans. When he left we initially lost something in the balance of our defence, but Benatia and Rugani have stepped up as well as the rest of the defence."

      JUVE-MILAN TEAM NEWS

      "Chiellini is fine and will play, Cuadrado is in good shape and will be on the bench tomorrow night. Almost certainly Lichtsteiner will play tomorrow, as will Buffon in goal.

      "Whether I go with two or three in the middle doesn’t depend on the opponent, but rather who I choose to select in attack. Higuain and Mandzukic are both ready for tomorrow, they along with Dybala are becoming an even stronger strikeforce the more they play together. 

      "Bernardeschi will be back with the team next week, whilst Alex Sandro has a niggle so we’ll see if he will be available for tomorrow. I think next week I should have the whole squad available.

      "Douglas Costa has talent that few in the world possess, but he needs to keep focused when he plays. Bentancur did well on international duty for Uruguay, but I didn’t need any further proof of his ability, his qualities are already clear to see."

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