19.10.2018 11:30 - in: Serie A S

      Allegri calls for low profile and maximum focus against Genoa

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      “I've read that we can win every game but that's not going to happen. Too much positivity lowers your energy levels”

      Massimiliano Allegri has moved to downplay the enthusiasm surrounding Juventus after the team's flying start to the campaign. 

      The Bianconeri's ten straight wins has led to claims from some quarters that they are dead certs to regain the Serie A title and favourites to lift the Champions League – claims the boss was keen to put back in their place.

      “I've read that we can win every game but that's not going to happen. Too much positivity lowers your energy levels,” Allegri told journalists at his press conference ahead of Saturday's match against Genoa.

      “Tomorrow we're up against Genoa and the last four times we've played them at home on three occasions we've beaten them 1-0 – the bare minimum. We must keep a low profile and focus on one game at a time. 

      “Over the next six matches we'll be playing for our place in the knockout stage of the Champions League with two exciting match-ups against Man United while in Serie A we have the chance to gain ground on our rivals. If we win tomorrow, we'll move further ahead of Inter or Milan as they playing each other, and we'll put pressure on Napoli, who play after us.

      “We must get stuck into Serie A again with the right level of focus because the first game back after the international break is the most dangerous.”


      Genoa go into the game with a new coach at the helm after Ivan Juric was reinstated in place of Davide Ballardini at the start of international break, but Allegri isn't expecting any huge surprises.

      “I don't think Juric's side will be too different from the teams he's put together in the past. They'll be very aggressive and play man for man in nearly every area of the pitch, so we're going to need to put in a strong physical performance. 

      “[Krzysztof] Piatek has been something of a surprise and he's doing very well. When he's in the box the ball seems to be drawn to him.”


      Allegri wasn't in the mood for revealing his team selection but he did provide an update on the injury situation.

      “[Wojciech] Szczesny will start tomorrow but [Mattia] Perin will get his chance further down the line – I'm very happy with how he's doing. 

      “The only player who will definitely be rested tomorrow is [Giorgio] Chiellini. 

      “[Mattia] De Sciglio is fit and if he plays tomorrow it will be on the left but I need to assess Alex Sandro – he wasn't involved in the last game for Brazil so he's not especially tired.

      “I need to look at the midfielders based on who I pick up front. 

      “Douglas Costa hasn't played for two months and has probably only got 30 minutes in him so he's more likely to come on as a sub. 

      “Everyone is available for selection except [Sami] Khedira, who we hope to have fit in time for Empoli or our home fixture against Manchester United.”

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