Massimiliano Allegri has emphasised the importance of his team getting off to a winning start to the season, when Udinese travel to Turin on Sunday evening.
The Bianconeri have already tasted success this summer, claiming their seventh Super Cup in Shanghai, and the Tuscan tactician has urged his men to push on from that triumph by getting their Serie A campaign up and running with three points tomorrow.
That, according to Allegri, is the number one priority against an Udinese outfit that he expects to provide tricky opposition at Juventus Stadium.
“The most important thing tomorrow is to win and bring home the first three points of the season,” said the 48-year-old.
“We will also try to play a good game technically, even if it will not be easy, because Udinese are a team that makes things difficult for their opponents.
“I am happy with the way the boys have trained. Thankfully we have already won the Super Cup, which has given us a boost ahead of the new campaign and we enter tomorrow’s match with confidence.”
Asked about who he would select to play against Stefano Colantuono’s men, Allegri confirmed Giorgio Chiellini’s and new signing Alex Sandro’s availability, while Simone Padoin is to be deployed in defensive midfield.
“Giorgio has recovered well from his injury and is fit to play tomorrow. Simone will give protection to my defenders. I trust him, as he has good experience in that role.
“Alex Sandro will train with us for the first time today and he’ll also be in my squad.”
After a busy transfer window, the Bianconeri begin 2015/16 with a new-look team. While admitting that the summer’s arrivals would need to time to settle in, Allegri feels his charges are capable of challenging for a fifth consecutive Scudetto come next May.
“It’s normal that Juventus are in a transitional phase after losing some key players who had been here for a long time. However, the club has done well to bring in several talented players, who will be important for us this season."
He concluded: "It’s crucial that the new boys find their feet and build an effective chemistry with one another on and off the pitch. It will take a bit of time, just as with Alvaro Morata last year, but I'm happy with what I’ve seen so far in training sessions and winning the Super Cup has already helped to galvanise the players ahead of our title defence.”