“It’s still Europe!” Allegri sets Europa League goals for Juventus
Already being eliminated from the Champions League knockout stage, Juventus will face PSG with the same points as Maccabi Haifa, as their Wednesday tie is essential to reaching the Europa League’s round of 16.
Losing four out of their five Champions League group games this season,Juventus
will face PSG on Wednesday while their Europa League opponents,Maccabi Haifa,
faces Benfica, hoping a better result would keep them in the European competitions as only goal difference has separated them from their Israeli rivals.
Ahead of the home game against PSG,Max Allegri
first gave some injury updates. He told his press conference:
“Apart from Locatelli we won’t recover anyone. Players for such an important match are there. Some guys who played in Lecce will play, some youngsters, it will be a good test for them too. Tomorrow is important.
“Today is a strange press conference, it’s the first in many years where we play without it being decisive for the Champions League. Now in the Europa League we try to go there, it’s still Europe, we have to play a fair match, we face one of the strongest in Europe.”
“We will have to play an intelligent match, technically good. In Paris we gave away two goals, on two avoidable situations. We’ll need confidence as we had in Lecce, in view of what we’ll do tomorrow night.”
On his expectations from the team in
the Italian coach added:
“Everything is an opportunity. We’ll see the result, whether we’ll be good enough to go but I don’t even want to think about it. We have to think about tomorrow’s match and do the best.”
Giving an injury update on midfield, Allegri revealedPaul Pogba
will miss World Cup.
“McKennie has an edema that we can’t tell if it’s from a blow or a strain. I have Locatelli, Rabiot, Fagioli and Miretti in midfield. Locatelli is fine.”
“Adrien Rabiot went from scoring two goals with great insertions to an intelligent match against Lecce. He’s improving as a player, he’s reached a very good maturity, he’s good for Juventus and for the French national team.”
On Pogba, he added:
“Not yet. I spoke to him earlier. It’s pointless repeating what has already been said, once the decision was made not to have surgery at the start of the season, it was normal that hopes that he could return with Juventus and France were slim.
“He’s sorry for Juventus and the World Cup, it’s normal, we were penalised for not having him available.”
, Allegri added:
“He has always been the best in the world. It’s an important year for him, for PSG and for the World Cup. He is 35 years old, these are the last years at this level.”
Finally, Allegri opened up on his emotions about Juve’s disappointing season this year.
“I am angry, not comparing ourselves from March onwards with the best creates anger for us. It has to give us motivation, it has to create a reaction but we’ll think about the league after the matches with Inter, Verona and Lazio.
“It’s normal that the matches in the Champions League, as results, are very bad and this makes us see the results in the league in a more negative way. But we’ll think about the league from the day after tomorrow.”
Then he added on Juve's
“The average has risen this season. When you start in a league with three players out of competition, you face 21 games with players who have to play more.
“McKennie has played 15 in a row plus the national team, on Iling there was an injury that fortunately was less serious than expected otherwise he would have been risking a tibia and fibula.
“We have had injuries that were not only muscular, we must surely have done something wrong, but there have been traumatic injuries. But, having said that, let’s just talk about the present.
“On Monday for Inter we will have Di Maria and Bremer available, from next Monday I think also Paredes if everything goes well.
“With the others we’ll see in January. Vlahovic is not available tomorrow, I hope he will be there against Inter, it’s just that there are so many out… Some age, some the list, I forget.”
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