Monday November 19 2012
Alessio demands Juventus hunger

Angelo Alessio has asked his Juventus side to show how desperate they are to reach the last 16 of the Champions League when they face Chelsea on Tuesday.

The Old Lady entertain the reigning champions at the Juventus Stadium in the knowledge that they need four points from their last two games against Chelsea and Shakhtar Donetsk to qualify from the group.

“We are well aware that this is an in-or-out game,” the touchline boss noted. “If it goes badly then I don’t know whether we’ll still have the chance to qualify.

“We’ll go out on to the pitch with the desire to win that distinguishes us. We have to try to take advantage of the opportunities that we create.

“We respect our opponents, but we will go into the match on a level playing field.

“These types of games prepare themselves and we are just thinking of one game at a time.

“We need to play with the same sort of determination which we showed against Pescara and Nordsjealland.”

Juventus Coach Antonio Conte has few selection issues, although Mirko Vucinic is a doubt because of illness.

“Vucinic didn’t train yesterday and we’ll see how he is today. We’ll then evaluate whether he can play tomorrow or not.

“But Sebastian Giovinco, along with Fabio Quagliarella, was the best player on the pitch against Lazio. We played well and the player put in an excellent display.”

A draw would be a good result on paper for the English club, but Alessio doubts that Roberto Di Matteo’s side will be overly cautious.

“I expect Chelsea, who have important forwards, to attack. They are not a team who sit back and hit you on the counter-attack.

“We are hoping to get help from the fans, Conte has told me that he wants a red-hot atmosphere.”

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