Juventus will face Torino at the Allianz Stadium on Friday evening. The Bianconeri drew Atalanta on Sunday, which means they remain in fourth place in Serie A. The Derby della Mole is Juventus’ last match before the Champions League game against Villareal next week. Max Statman gathered the most important quotes from Allegri’s press conference.
Looking back on the draw against Atalanta:
“We were doing well, we conceded a goal while in a favourable situation. Let’s look at the glass full: it wasn’t easy to play against Atalanta. We have to get a number of points to get into the top four, and more was lost than won on Sunday…
That said, the result in Bergamo will become excellent only if we win tomorrow. Let’s remember that, in view of the season, even a single point can become important.”
On Torino, who have ‘rediscovered the DNA of their history’:
“We have to congratulate Juric. We will need the fans, the match will be complicated, the third against a team that plays in a similar way. We hope to have learned.”
More on Juric, a ‘very good’ coach:
“He is doing very well at Torino, as he did at Verona. Confrontation helps to grow, because there is not only one method to win.”
When asked about Torino defender Bremer (via Romeo Agresti):
“Don’t let me judge players from other teams.”
Allegri on player availability:
“I don’t know if I’ll utilise the front three tomorrow. At the back, we won’t have Bonucci due to calf fatigue, Bernardeschi isn’t ready yet and I don’t want to risk him.
Cuadrado will play at right-back tomorrow. I will evaluate Kean, he played well on Sunday, he is very important at the moment with so many matches. I am also very happy with Pellgrini, he is in good condition and reliable.”
On midfield doubts:
“One of Zakaria and McKennie, and one of Locatelli and Arthur, will play.
I haven’t tried Zakaria centrally yet, it’s easier to play a two-man midfield.”
And finally, on the Derby della Mole:
“I have many Granata friends and acquaintances who have “teased” me in the last week, but always with respect…
Derbies are never unbalanced. Tomorrow will be difficult and important for the championship, they will also be angry. We will need a great performance, also in view of Tuesday.”