Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri believes that their
tonight’s Supercoppa Italiana clash with AC Milan will be a great ‘practice’
for the upcoming UEFA Champions League knockout phase journey of the Bianconeri
boys. Juventus defeated Milan by 4-0 in last year’s Coppa Italia final and now
they are hoping to repeat the same feat.
The Italian side failed to secure their Supercoppa Italiana triumph in three of their last four seasons, although they won both the Serie A and Coppa Italia in each of their last three runs. AC Milan, on the other hand, defeated the Bianconeri boys in the Supercoppa in 2016 on penalties.
While talking about their tonight’s Supercoppa Italiana
clash with AC Milan, Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said “It’s
difficult to figure out why, as we lost both on penalties to Napoli and Milan.
I hope tomorrow will be different and that we can be more concentrated.”
He said “There are 22 points separating the teams in Serie A, but those don’t matter here and it’ll be an important test for us. We must learn that playing a one-off match is different to a league situation,” and then added “The main hope is that we don’t go to extra time, as we want to get it done within 90 minutes. This is good practice to prepare for elimination rounds.”
Massimiliano Allegri also expressed his views on Cristiano
Ronaldo and the boost that the side is having after his transfer while saying “Ronaldo
is the best player in the world and an added bonus for us. The situation has
certainly improved with his presence, although Juve already had great strikers.”
He said “Let’s not forget that Juve have played two
Champions League finals in the last four years and they were against what at
the time were the best teams in the world. When it comes to that tournament,
you need good luck too,” and then added “The Scudetto is one of our
objectives, as are the Coppa Italia, the Supercoppa and the Champions League.
We want to reach the end of the season with as many trophies as possible.”