Angelo Alessio prepares for his final game as stand-in Coach for Antonio Conte and hits back at Shakhtar Donetsk boss Mircea Lucescu’s accusation Juventus are “predictable.”
The assistant manager will no longer have to be Conte’s voice on the touchline, as the ban for failing to report an attempted fix to the authorities expires on December 8.
Alessio’s last task will be to help earn the Bianconeri a point in Donetsk, a result that would mathematically secure their spot in the Champions League knock-outs.
“We are very happy at Antonio’s impending return, but right now we are all exclusively focused on this match.
“Giorgio Chiellini trained yesterday and is regularly at our disposal. Antonio will then decide the starting XI tomorrow,” he said in a Press conference after the defender missed two games with a calf problem.
Shakhtar Donetsk Coach Lucescu, formerly of Inter and Brescia, provoked a stir when he suggested Juve were ‘predictable.’
“He can say we’re predictable, but we create many scoring opportunities. In that case let’s call Barcelona predictable – the same XI play pretty much all the time and everyone knows the style of football they propose, yet they are the best team of recent years,” replied Alessio.
“Lucescu’s words remain just that: words. We are extremely concentrated on this match and absolutely want to reach the next round of the Champions League.
“We’ll be facing the toughest side in the group, as they are the leaders, but we have improved and can get a result.
“We cannot play for a draw and count on being able to get two results. We’ve got to take the game to Shakhtar and play the way we know how. We must fight for every single ball.”
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