Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri states that the club are looking to compete on two fronts for the season ahead by winning a fourth consecutive Scudetto title and having an extended Champions League run.
With the Serie A fixture list released yesterday evening, the tactician highlighted the importance of the Bianconeri hitting the ground running when the new campaign kicks off on Saturday 30 August against Chievo.
Speaking to the media at Vinovo this afternoon, the 46-year-old affirmed: “All the players have to be ready for a 50 game season where you’ll play every three days. We have to be at the top of our physical and psychological form.
“Next season’s objectives are clear: we want to win a fourth successive Scudetto which would be an incredible feat for the lads. Personally speaking, I’m after a second title with another Italian club and we all want to enjoy a strong run in Europe.”
Tomorrow evening’s friendly against Cesena serves as another important step towards the Bianconeri raising the intensity of their preparations ahead of the big kick-off.
“We want to put on a good performance and come away from the game without too many problems. Normally you have about 50 days with the squad to get them ready for the new season but this time round we’ve only got about 25.”
Looking further ahead, the first match to stand out from the new fixture list will be Juventus’ second away game of the season against Allegri’s old side Milan, a side the Livorno-born coach is no stranger after guiding the Rossoneri to Scudetto success during his first season at the helm.
“It will be a fascinating match-up between two of the five teams who will be going for the title. Obviously it’ll be a special night for me, given the fact that I spent three and a half wonderful years there but now I’m Juventus manager and Milan are just another opponent as far as I’m concerned.”
After finishing his holidays late last week, Arturo Vidal was one of the eleven World Cup stars returning to Vinovo and Allegri indicated that the club were looking to get the Chilean back firing on all cylinders following his exertions in Brazil.
“Vidal is a fundamental player for us. I spoke to him yesterday to get an update on his physical wellbeing. He played throughout the World Cup after only being operated on 32 days before the start of the tournament.
“He’s motivated for the new campaign and we’ve decided to start him off with an individual training programme to get him into good condition for the tour and beyond.”
The manager also gave his thoughts on the club’s recent transfer dealings, concluding: “I’m very happy with the signings we’ve made so far. I speak to the club on a daily basis and they know what needs to be done in the transfer market.”