Juventus and Milan are level on points in second place ahead of their Allianz Stadium battle. The winner can very well ensure that they reach next year's Champions League.
The Bianconeri boss expects an ‘entertaining and open game’ between Juventus and Milan.
I expect an entertaining and open game with Milan, as both teams like to press and attack, both want to take the initiative and I think it’ll be a great match”
assured Pirlo in his press conference which quoted byFootball Italia
“We have a full squad to choose from, everyone trained well over the last few days, so I can calmly choose the best possible line-up. There are also two players on yellow cards, so that could affect the decisions.”
In the last few days, the news about Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus being banned from next year's Champions League has been dominant.
“We continue to be concentrated only on the pitch so we can seek a Champions League place. What happens outside the turf should not be of interest to us.
“Last Sunday’s win against Udinese gave us a real boost. We are happy that it was Cristiano Ronaldo who overturned the result in Udine with his two goals.
“Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic are two players who are good for football, champions everyone enjoys watching on the field. I can confirm Alvaro Morata is fit and would be ready to start.
“Adrien Rabiot came on with the right determination and made a decisive contribution in that game too, so he will start tomorrow. I had rested him because he seemed a little tired, but he had a great attitude as a substitute.
“Some changes will be necessary to maintain that high intensity that is so fundamental in modern football. It is fundamental we start with the right concentration.”
The Bianconeri coach made some on Weston McKennie.
“He has a chance of starting. He has lost weight and that’s something we had to drill into his mindset. Now he is concentrated and more professional compared to when he arrived. He has to be professional at 100 per cent, not 50 per cent.”
There are rumors that Juventus have reached an agreement with Milan shot-stopper Gigio Donnarumma, whose contract expires at the end of the season and there is still no news of a contract extension.
It’s not a problem for me, he is a Milan player, so it’s their issue,
” said Pirlo when asked about the situation.
“I consider him to be one of the five best goalkeepers in the world. He’s an exemplary professional.”
Pirlo also shrugged off questions about the future, including his position in Turin.
“This is the time to focus on the present and remain concentrated on our objectives. There are four rounds to go plus the Coppa Italia Final with Atalanta.”