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      08.02.2018 13:26 - in: Serie A S

      Allegri: Focused on the task at hand

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      "To leave Florence with three points, we’ll have to be very focused and then we will recover and begin to think about Tottenham."

      A trip to Florence is on the cards for Massimiliano Allegri's men with a Friday night showdown at the Stadio Artemio Franchi and Allegri looked ahead to the match and impending return of the Champions League in his pre-match press conference. 

      THINKING ABOUT TOMORROW


      "We enter this period calmly and only think about tomorrow. It’s an important match for us for three points and for them it’s a rivalry match. Every year, they bring a great desire and enthusiasm to the match looking to beat Juventus and we remember last year we lost 2-1 away, so it will be a difficult game. They’re coming off a good result and it’s a young team with plenty of quality. They’re second in the league in shots on goal and they have a player in Chiesa who brings lots of quality in this aspect. To leave Florence with three points, we’ll have to be very focused and then we will recover and begin to think about Tottenham."

      200TH MATCH IN CHARGE

      "I’m happy with our results that my players have given me in three and a half years at Juventus. We will continue to go forward but at the end of the day everything depends on results. So far we’ve gotten them and we need to continue on this path because tomorrow will be a tough match."

      TEAM SELECTION

      "There is a chance that Marchisio could start but Claudio played on Sunday and had 20 extra minutes when Matuidi came out. I’ll decide who will play after today’s training, but there’s no emergency because everyone is back. Cuadrado is out which we already knew as well as Dybala, Howedes and Matuidi. Everyone else is available so we’ve got plenty to put out a good squad."

      "I’ve thought about Asamoah in midfield, but he’s more of an outside player with his speed and change of direction. You can play three in the front with Manduzkic on the left and Marchisio in midfield but we also have Bentancur and Sturaro who can do it or we could play two in the midfield. Claudio is fine and today I’ll make my choice."

      "Rugani came out of Sunday’s match because he had a bit of a flexor problem and I didn’t want to risk him. Tomorrow I’ll evaluate it, but the main spot I am evaluating right now is between Lichtsteiner and De Sciglio, but probably Lichtsteiner."

      Douglas is ready but I don’t think he will start because Bernardeschi is doing well and in an important match like this one, it’s right that Bernardeschi plays.” 

      PRACTICE PAYING OFF FOR ALEX SANDRO


      Alex Sandro is great physically and mentally but he would say that compared to the last games he’s played better technically, in his passing and time on the ball. It's something we are working on and he has set a great goal to improve in those game situations.”

      "SEVENTH SCUDETTO WOULD BE SOMETHING EXTRAORDINARY."


      "We think game by game, remaining close to our opponents Napoli, who are doing something really extraordinary. This is 99% thanks to the great merits of Sarri who has made the team into something really nice to watch. Let's see at what point we will be on March 18, at the time of the break. The last games will be difficult for everyone and I think it will take many points. I am convinced that the title will be decided in the triple whistle of the last day. In the end, the best team will win and we must continue on our journey. It would be fantastic to arrive at May 2 pursuing our goals. The seventh Scudetto would be something extraordinary, even more so after beating a great opponent.

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