Allegri previews Juventus-Inter


Massimiliano Allegri introduced the clash with Inter earlier today: “I expect a great night of sport between two teams that, alongisde Milan, made the history of Italian football. The emotional side will be as important as the technical and tactical ones. We will have to be fully prepared. They raised their self-confidence through good results. Inter and Napoli are the main candidates to be our antagonists.”

On the free kicks: “We have few specialists but we have not buried one yet. We hope to do that tomorrow. We had three good ones in Florence: we certainly have to improve our aim and exploit them better. You have to score one out of three.”

On the enemies: “I am indifferent about the fact that everybody will be supporting Inter. We have to worry only about path. The numbers are in our favor right now, but we are not killing the championship at all. The trophy will be lifted in May. We will need at least 30 wins and we have played 14 games so far. Many hope Napoli can get closer to us: it is normal since we have a target on our back.”

On Luciano Spalletti: “There is not much difference between me and him. When I wake up I see the sea, he likes the hills. Jokes aside, Tuscany has produced many good coaches.”

On the fullbacks: “I have yet to decide who, between Mattia De Sciglio and Joao Cancelo, will play on the right and who on the left. They might switch during the game. They did well against Fiorentina, where we needed that layout.”

On the competitors: “Napoli have a different approach with Carlo Ancelotti, they are more dangerous. They have some talented newcomers like Fabian Ruiz. Likewise for Inter, they signed Kwadwo Asamoah, who is one of the best fullbacks around, they have recovered some players like Joao Mario and Borja Valero. I do not know whether Radja Nainggolan will play. They are rapidly improving.”

On the midfield: “Emre Can will be called up, he is fine and could play a little. It will hinge on Rodrigo Bentancur’s status, because his back tightened up and he practiced on his own for a couple of days. Right now, he works better as box-to-box, he is not ready to play on his own in front of the defense because he does not dictate the rhythms, he needs the help of Miralem Pjanic. But he can grow there, it will be a process. We might play with just two midfielders if Rodrigo is not healthy. Juan Cuadrado could be an option too, but I could also make some changes to the trident.”

On the president’s birthday: “He is a decisive person, I have known him for five years now. He has now more authority compared to when he first started.”

On the attack: “We need to improve our balance, be more compact. They have to track back too, we can not leave just seven guys in the back.”

On Inter: “They play well, they stretch you on the pitch. They have some technical and pacey players like Ivan Perisic and Matteo Politano, Mauro Icardi is a sharpshooter and Marcelo Brozovic is finding a nice role in front of the defence. We will need to have the ability to find and expose their weaknesses.”

On prepping for the game: “The Inter game is easy on that aspect, it is like a great Champions League match, it is only a matter of telling the players a couple of things to do on the pitch. On the other hand, you need to find the right motivations against lesser teams, otherwise you can drop some points.”

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