Juventus Coach Massimiliano Allegri warns “in derbies there are no favourites” as he prepares to face Torino.
The Bianconeri have endured a disastrous start to the season, losing four of their opening 10 games, and are three points behind their city rivals.
“In derbies there are no favourites,” Allegri cautioned in his pre-match Press conference.
“The last two derbies have been hard-fought and and tomorrow’s game will be the same.
“I expect the usual Torino, [Giampiero] Ventura’s teams look to lower the pace, but that doesn’t mean they don’t get goals. They play the same way, and they’re always difficult to play against.
“It’s an important game, much more important for us in terms of the table than for them.”
Juve have been in ritiro this week, following defeat to Sassuolo on Wednesday, and Allegri is not looking for excuses.
“Fear is useless. We just have to do better than we’ve been doing, we don’t need to go looking for the why and the how.
“We have to put our energy out there on the pitch, but without being nervous. Even in bad times, you have to go onto the pitch with intelligence.
“Nervousness won’t get us anywhere. We have to play good football, and concentrate on that, nervousness won’t help.”
This morning’s newspapers suggested the former Milan Coach could be in danger of the sack if negative results continue, does he feel under threat?
“The thought hasn’t crossed my mind, but if you don’t get results then the Coach is the one who pays,” Allegri admitted.
“Now that everyone is available we have more choices, my team has quality but we have to get results.
“Now that I have everyone available there are more options in terms of formation and competition within the squad.”