Saturday March 10 2018
Allegri: 'Juve keep foot on gas'

Max Allegri gave an update on the Juventus line-up against Udinese and warned against “taking our foot off the gas” after Champions League success.

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The Bianconeri are fresh from a 2-1 Champions League victory over Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley on Wednesday evening, which put them in the quarter-finals.

“Stephan Lichtsteiner and Alex Sandro are suspended, but apart from Juan Cuadrado and Federico Bernardeschi, everyone else is fine,” said the Coach in his Press conference.

“Cuadrado is going for a specialist visit in Germany. Bernardeschi will have more tests in 20 days, at which point they’ll tell us if he needs surgery or not.

“I can confirm Wojciech Szczesny will start in goal. Mattia De Sciglio and Kwadwo Asamoah are the full-backs. Mario Mandzukic has recovered, but I still need to decide who to play upfront.

“We must focus on getting the three points in a difficult game against a very physical side, as Udinese commit the third most fouls in the league this season. That shows how aggressive they are and we are coming off some tough games.

“Wednesday was an extraordinary result, earned in an historic stadium like Wembley, but so far we’ve achieved nothing yet, so we have to keep our heads down and our feet on the ground. What we cannot afford is to take our foot off the gas mentally.”

There is also the risk that the Bianconeri can feel they are Scudetto favourites after Napoli lost 4-2 to Roma.

The gap at the top is now just one point and Juventus have a game in hand to be played against Udinese.

“Napoli are at the moment still one point ahead, so we must focus on beating Udinese and not what the other results are. We need help from the entire stadium and all our fans.

“Regardless of who steps on to the field, what counts is that tomorrow we have the focus, spirit and responsibility to understand the importance of this game.”

It was announced that next season the transfer windows will be shortened so that there will be no moves when games are scheduled.

“I absolutely agree and in fact hoped that the window would be closed at the end of July rather than mid-August.”

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