Allegri: ‘Lazio a Direct Competitor for Juventus in Top Four Race’

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri underlined how Lazio ‘have a lot of technique’ ahead of the clash at the Allianz Stadium.

The Bianconeri, rocked by various off-pitch issues including Leonardo Bonucci’s legal action and Paul Pogba’s positive doping test, have picked up seven points from their first three games, beating Udinese and Empoli.

Lazio have looked a little more disappointing, however, losing to Lecce and Genoa. Maurizio Sarri’s side did impress in a 2-1 win away to Scudetto holders Napoli, restoring some confidence ahead of the trip to Turin.

Speaking in a press conference (via LazioNews24), Allegri first discussed the state of his squad and Pogba’s position.

We’re quite injured, we’re calm. As for what happened to Pogba, I’m sorry for the situation but I can’t add, I have nothing more to add because there is an ongoing process.

There are people involved, it’s right to wait for the end of the proceedings.

He spoke about the fight against Lazio in the race for Champions League qualification.

It’s not a crossroads, Lazio are a direct competitor to finish in the top four, which is our ultimate goal for the season. The main objective is to be back in the Champions League next year.

The season is long, we must have the strength to play, to prepare from game to game. There will be more or less difficult moments, but our goal will be the last league game where we have to be in the top four.

Finally, Allegri discussed some of the qualities of Sarri’s Lazio.

They have a lot of technique, Luis Alberto, Immobile, Zaccagni, Felipe Anderson, Pedro, Cataldi, they are technical, fast.

You have to be careful, they are skilled on the counterattack. The direct clashes are balanced, we must bring the moments on our side.

Last season, Lazio suffered a 3-0 loss away to Juventus but edged out a key 2-1 win at home. They’ll be hoping to use the win over Napoli to start building some momentum.

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