Allegri urges Juve to eye Europa League as a route to Champions League
After being hit with a 15-point deduction due to financial irregularities, the Bianconeri see themselves sitting 12 points away from the top four with 16 games remaining.
Ahead of their Europa League clash with Nantes,Max Allegri
urges his side to take the competition seriously as it might be their only potential route into next season's Champions League.
"Tomorrow the Europa League begins, which also becomes an important objective as a gateway to next season's Champions League,"
he told reporters.
"We want to get through the knockouts to reach the round of 16 and then go all the way.
"We know it won't be easy, French teams are difficult to face. Nantes are doing well and have quality and technical players up front. This fixture is played over 180 minutes, we will have to lay the foundations to go to Nantes with a good advantage."
Despite Paul Pogba and Kaio Jorge being the only players unavailable on Thursday, Allegri is uncertain which formation he will use against Nantes.
"I haven't decided on the formation yet, I have to evaluate everyone's conditions, also taking into consideration that we play Spezia on Sunday,"
"The future? Now we are focused on the present, continuing to work and improve."
"Defence in three or four? I'm available for the team, there's no problem. I'm happy with what I've done personally so far, I have to keep growing. We have shown our value as a team, we know what we are worth."
Allegri also offered condolence to Nantes' striker Ignatius Ganago who will miss tomorrow's game after the death of his five-year-old daughter. He added:
"I would also like to take this opportunity to send a big hug to Ganago."
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