Allegri on Juventus Pitfalls, Scudetto Race and Milinkovic-Savic

Massimiliano Allegri highlighted the solidity of the Lazio defence ahead of Juventus’ upcoming game against the Roman side.

The Biancocelesti have only conceded eight goals in Serie A this season, giving them the second best defence in the league behind the Bianconeri, who have conceded seven. The two teams will likely play out a tense and tactical battle at the Allianz Stadium in a desperate fight for all three points.

Speaking in a press conference (via TMW), Allegri first discussed his expectations for Juventus’ game against Lazio.

I expect a difficult game against a very strong Lazio. Then in football you never know, because maybe after 10 minutes things change and it becomes a match that nobody expects.

He gave his thoughts on Angel Di Maria and what the Bianconeri need to do to secure the win over Maurizio Sarri’s side.

The other day he came on and did well in half an hour. He’ll get more minutes. When he comes in, you raise the technical value of the team. 

Since it’s the last game before the break, it’s just as dangerous as the first game of the season, even though it’s a dangerous game in itself because we’re facing Lazio. 

We come from an important run, which we must follow up, knowing that Lazio have the second best defence in the league and have only conceded one goal away.

They have very good players who attack the depth and we must be careful.

The Italian coach provided a brief update on the health of his squad.

Vlahovic is not feeling well. He did part of the training, but he’ll stay at home. Chiesa on the other hand is available. Kean starting? I’ll decide on the formation closer to the game.

He gave his thoughts on the title race in Serie A this season.

Napoli also won, they’ve only lost four points, but in football what you say today is not valid tomorrow. We have to think about Lazio and be ready in January.

Finally, Allegri was asked to give his opinion of Lazio star Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, who has often been linked with a move to Turin.

Sarri trains him, you have to ask him about Milinkovic-Savic. To make definitive judgements on players, you have to coach them.

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