Sporting will be a tough nut to crack but that is what Juventus must do on Tuesday night to ensure qualification to the Champions League knockout stages.
That was the message Massimiliano Allegri delivered on the eve of the match in Lisbon, clearly eager for his side to secure their place in the last 16 at the earliest possible opportunity.
“Sporting are a tough outfit, they're very strong defensively and they made it hard for Barcelona here at home,” the coach explained during Monday's pre-match media conference.
“We must be very wary of them and manage the various stages of the game well. We have to leave here with a good result – which means a win – as it would mean booking our spot in the next round.”
After a tiring but ultimately successful trip to Milan at the weekend and another league fixture against Benevento to come before the international break, the boss is aware of the need to manage energy levels carefully.
“The players must stay calm up until the game then switch everything on full whack so that they can produce what's needed to win the game – belief, technical ability and hunger for victory. Once the final whistle blows, we can switch off again and unwind, because when you're playing every three days you have to make the most of time between games to recuperate.”