With only one point needed to win the eighth Scudetto in a row, Massimiliano Allegri has admitted that a new-look team will take to the field against SPAL, as they have Tuesday's match against Ajax in Turin in view. “I have to evaluate today's training, but many will rest. There are players who need to rest. And maybe tomorrow will be an opportunity for some young players to play.
“Either one of Nicolussi and Coccolo could play tomorrow. Kean will play. Regarding the injured players, in view of the Champions League, I will make the call on Sunday morning. Risking Cristiano tomorrow makes no sense. And like him this also goes for our other players who have been playing a lot even during the breaks for their National teams. However, I will line-up a tough and fair formation for the challenge that awaits us. Bonucci is fine, but he could rest. In goal, we will use Mattia Perin. Cuadrado will also play. Andrea Barzagli will not come to Ferrara. He was in Amsterdam, because it was important that he be with us there.
“Ferrara is a beautiful city, where you can breathe the history of SPAL. They have won their last two at home, it will not be a simple game, but we need the key three points to close the championship.”
ONE POINT TO THE SCUDETTO
“Tomorrow could be an extraordinary day. And it will have to be celebrated because an eighth Scudetto would be something extraordinary. Winning the Scudetto for me would fill me with great pride. It is important to work in a club that nurtures you in winning five consecutive championships.”
ON MANDZUKIC’S FORM
“Mario Mandzukic has a way of playing that sees him give his all. Those who played the World Cup final have a much greater load. Mario Mandzukic and Blaise Matuidi are having a very good year especially regarding this.”
WEDNESDAY’S TRIP IN AMSTERDAM
“In Amsterdam, we had a good match against a team that was difficult to deal with. Daniele Rugani was very good, like all the defence. I have no doubts. In Amsterdam; whether on the pitch or on the bench, we had five or six youngsters. This is a good thing in light of our future.”