Thursday July 31 2014
Allegri: A good workout

Massimiliano Allegri saw positives to Juventus’ draw with Cesena, whilst asserting that there is still much to do in a short space of time.

The Bianconeri continued their pre-season under their new Coach with a goalless draw against the Cavallucci Marini on Wednesday evening.

Despite the failure to win, Allegri considered afterwards the point to the friendly fixture against their Serie A opponents.

“This was a good workout. The squad arrived two days ago, considering those returning from the World Cup,” the 46-year-old told Sky Sport Italia post-match.

“The attitude was good, we did not create much, but there were no injuries and this is important. We need to concentrate within 25 days a workload for usually 45, I know this and it is okay.

“We have to work, creating the conditions to win and do better in Europe. We have four major objectives to be achieved, we are only in the third day of training, but here the attitude was good.

“There is so much to do, especially at a fitness level, to be at our best during the season.

“The transition from one Coach to another can be felt, if only in the team selection, but that’s normal. I have found great players, eager to go again.

“It will not be easy, given the antagonists, but we will work with calmness and balance to improve as much as we can.”

Allegri started the match in a 3-5-2 formation, but was asked of the potential to switch to a back four.

“It’s too early to tell. After three days it was unthinkable to provide a different tactical approach, I only applied certain new measures that were well received by the guys.

“If the team play well in a back four then we will move to a back four, otherwise we will remain with three.

“But what counts is that the team does well, creates and wins.”

Patrice Evra arrived in Turin yesterday evening and today will be presented to the media.

“He is a great player of international experience, which is what counts at Juventus. Then, he will have to adapt, because he comes from a very different world in the Premier League.”

Speculation continues to surround Arturo Vidal’s future.

“He was never on the market. I have spoken with the guy, whilst the club has expressed their thoughts and he will remain.”

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