Tuesday January 2 2018
Allegri: ’96 points for the Scudetto’

Juventus Coach Massimiliano Allegri believes it will take 96 points to win the Scudetto this season.

The Bianconeri set the Serie A record points total with 102 in the 2013-14, and the Tuscan believes they’ll have to get close to that to win a sixth title in a row.

“One thing is certain, to go through we can’t afford to repeat the performance we put in in Verona,” Allegri cautioned ahead of tomorrow’s Coppa Italia match with Torino.

“It’s true that we came off and important and difficult period with tough matches, but we have a run of games we can’t afford to make mistakes in.

“Tomorrow we have a Coppa Italia match, which offers us the chance to progress, then in the league we can’t lost any more points to Napoli.

“We have to stay in Napoli’s wake or try to surpass them with wins, because from Week 8 on - when you’re practically missing 11 games - the Scudetto is decided.

“That’s the point at which you have to attack, because if you ease off it becomes difficult to recover.

“The Scudetto quota, the projection at the moment, is 96.”

Gianluigi Buffon said today that Allegri is underrated, considering the success he’s enjoyed since arriving in Turin in the summer of 2014.

“I don’t care if I’m underestimated, I like coaching. I go onto the pitch, then when I stop and leave the pitch I have other things I can do.

“I don’t live and breathe football 24 hours a day, but I have fun and as long as I enjoy training it’s a pleasure for me.

“I thank Gigi for his nice words, but at the end of the day the results I got were thanks to the lads I had, the great players at my disposal.

“I consider myself a lucky Coach because in 10 years in Serie A - my two years at Cagliari and then the eight with Milan and Juve - I’ve been lucky enough to coach great champions and more importantly good men, and that’s what makes the difference.

“I put myself at their disposal, trying not to do damage and always looking to do less and less.

“I’m definitely not someone who says you win games with tactical schemes, because I think that’s something out of the ordinary, but you do your best when you believe in what you’re doing.

“I think football is very simple really, the important thing is to have great players and put them in the best condition to play.”

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