Friday August 29 2014
Allegri: Chievo won't be easy

Massimiliano Allegri is looking for the best possible start to his Juventus reign, as they take on Chievo on Saturday evening.

The new Coach takes charge of the Bianconeri for the first time in the League tomorrow as his side goes to Verona to take on the Flying Donkeys.

And the tactician, who admits that it won’t be easy, is hoping to start their title defence with three points.

“We’re ready to go and will play with great concentration and attention,” he told a Press conference today.

“It's not an easy one because Chievo have many new faces.

“Chievo will look to bounce back from their Coppa Italia elimination and cause us problems tomorrow night, I’m sure of that.

“It's a tricky encounter at a ground where getting a result is never easy. We need to be on our game for 95 minutes.

“But I’ve come into an environment with rules, discipline and a strong work ethic. I’m very happy about that.”

Allegri’s men are favourites for the title along with Roma, but the Coach has insisted that there will be a big chasing pack this term.

“Juve and Roma aren't the only contenders. Inter, Napoli, Fiorentina, Milan and Lazio will also be in the mix.”

The former Milan man will be without Andrea Pirlo because of injury, but will be able to call upon Arturo Vidal.

“We trained well today and we’ll look to get off to a good start tomorrow night.

“Marchiso will take Pirlo’s place in front of the defence.

“Vidal’s trained well this week, his knee’s in good condition and he will start tomorrow night.

“We still need to work out how we're going to line up in defence because Chievo have various different options in attack, but that’s something I’ve already thought about.

“We'll take a 22-man squad to Verona. Giovinco, Llorente and Padoin will all travel.”

Finally, the Coach commented on their Champions League group, which includes Atletico Madrid, Olimpiakos and Malmo.

“Group A features four reigning champions. It’s not an easy draw and more finely poised than it may look.”

Allegri has also named his squad that will travel to Verona:

Juventus squad: Buffon, Romulo, Caceres, Ogbonna, Pogba, Pepe, Marchisio, Tevez, Coman, Giovinco, Llorente, Bonucci, Padoin, Asamoah, Vidal, Lichtsteiner, Storari, Evra, Rubinho, Pereyra, Mattiello, Marrone.