Wednesday June 14 2017
Allegri: ‘Juventus need wingers’

Max Allegri says Juventus “have to give continuity” to the 4-2-3-1, and the squad is “complete, apart from up-front”.

The Bianconeri have been linked with the likes of Angel Di Maria, Federico Bernardeschi and Douglas Costa, and the Coach appears to confirm a winger is the main summer target.

“We need to try and give continuity to this system of play we started four months ago,” Allegri explained to Sky.

“So we’ll see which players to take. Then there are some players we could take and it’s not said that we can change.

“I’d say at the moment, in terms of numbers, the squad is complete apart from up-front.

“You have to think about those who will leave and be replaced though, but this club is so good that they’ll consider it in the best way.

“At the moment we’ve brought home important results in Italy and in Europe. Unfortunately we didn’t take home [European] trophies but we’ll try to do it in the coming years.

“I think Juventus will have the squad this year to play another great Champions League.”

Allegri has said that he believes the coming season will be more difficult the last, and he explained his reasoning.

“This year everyone will want to beat us, and we’ll need to have great motivation to ensure we aren’t beaten.

“Inter already had a very competitive squad last season, and this year they’ve changed Coach. [Luciano] Spalletti already showed how good a Coach he is at Roma, and he’ll be an added value for Inter.

“I think Juventus and Napoli are a bit ahead of the others, but I’d say that Inter will re-enter the fight for the Scudetto, just like Milan who are doing great things.

“Roma will surely confirm the squad they had last year, so they’ll more or less be aiming for what they were last year.”

Gianluigi Buffon confirmed this week that he’s 99 per cent certain to retire after the 2018 World Cup, and the Juve Coach was asked about that.

“Gigi is a very good and intelligent lad and he’ll definitely have a great future,” Allegri said.

“He just has to decide what he wants to do. The important thing is that he plays as a goalkeeper in the best way, as he’s always done so far.

“He’s still the best in the world and he’ll prove it again this year, because he’s going into his last World Cup and he’ll need to prepare in the best way.

“To prepare in the best way, he’ll have to do it for Juventus.”

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