11 February 2023
Juventus will need to bide their time and adopt a cautious approach if they are to come out on top against Fiorentina, says Massimiliano Allegri. The coach was speaking to the gathered media ahead of the Bianconeri's Matchday 22 fixture against the Viola on Sunday evening (18:00 CET).
“After two big wins against Lazio in the Coppa Italia and Salernitana in the league, we can expect a different sort of game against Fiorentina tomorrow,” the coach began, “They're always a tricky side to play against: they play good football and run and press hard. We're going to need to keep things tidy and bide our time.”
“[Leo] Bonucci will be available for the game against Nantes on Thursday. [Arek] Milik is improving. Kaio Jorge is still unavailable. [Paul] Pogba is not ready for the matchday squad. He's working hard to be available but I can't put a timescale on it. We're all waiting for him to return – no one more than me. Danilo is fine. He can manage himself playing in this position. He's an increasingly important player for us. [Adrien] Rabiot is 27 and has reached the level of maturity you often see in players of that age. He's certainly not a gamble. He'll play tomorrow.”
KEEP ON IMPROVING
“Right now we must focus on the small targets and catch the sides ahead of us. The lads are working well but we can do better still during the match. I didn't like the last 30 minutes against Salernitana. We'll need to perform better if we want to beat Fiorentina tomorrow. We can improve the directness of our play.”