Allegri: "Di Maria is there, I don't know if from the beginning. Referees? Closed topic"

Allegri: “Di Maria is there, I don’t know if from the beginning. Referees? Closed topic”

The Juve coach on the eve of the Champions League: “Alex Sandro is also absent, perhaps Szczesny recovers. I disqualified against Monza? I don’t know, I had a wrong reaction and I’m sorry.” Danilo: “It’s decisive, even more important after the defeat with PSG. We need a step forward in mentality”

The most important game has arrived. Three days after the draw with Salernitana and the wave of controversy related to the (sensational) error of the Var, Juventus must quickly rethink the Champions League, because Benfica of the 11 victories in a row (between preliminaries, Cup and championship) is the opponent to beat at all costs so as not to complicate the way to the second round.


Massimiliano Allegri arrives for the appointment with a team that is a bit bandaged: in addition to Pogba and Chiesa, Rabiot, Locatelli and Alex Sandro are absent: “We have recovered Di Maria – explains the coach – but I don’t know if he will start from the beginning. Szczesny will be available, Alex Sandro had a problem on Sunday ”. The feeling is that Fideo will start on the bench, with the Vlahovic-Milik duo in attack. “I have to evaluate – he says without unbuttoning – I have a doubt in midfield, we are fine and we are recovering our energy. Benfica have good players and a lot of aggression, tomorrow will be an important but not decisive match. We have to play as a team because mistakes in Europe pay dearly for them ”.


On the post-Juve-Salernitana episodes he does not want to return (“I have never expressed judgments on the referees, for me the subject is closed. I don’t know if I will be disqualified, I think that for the coach it would be better to pay a fine, even a hefty one, but go on the field. Also to do charity. Sunday I had a wrong reaction and I’m sorry “), on the performance instead he prefers to focus on the positive things:” There is this desire to overdo it, but in matches you just have to do. We get impatient too soon, games are won even in the 90th minute and beyond. You have to find a balance, if you can’t score you don’t have to concede it, it’s not a shame to finish 0-0. We even took two on Sunday before the break. Don’t worry. And when we take the lead, we don’t have to stop playing ”.


The lack of balance can also depend on the lack of experience of a part of the team: “We have experienced players but also those who have few games in the Champions League and in A. At Juve you are always under pressure, in this respect we need to improve. Bremer, for example, is in the second game in Europe. Points are missing in the league but we have time to recover, we have an important opportunity in the Champions League. I always tell the boys that no one asks them to score three goals or save three goals. The results are always achieved as a team. Vlahovic? I saw it well, it is improving but I am very happy. Dusan of the youngsters is the best along with Haaland and Mbappé ”.


Among the starters there will be Danilo, who rested for the first time in the championship in view of the Cup: “Tomorrow we have to win by force – says the Brazilian -, it will be difficult and decisive, we must be balanced and have a compact race. We are at a point where we need to improve and grow but we also know that we don’t have too much time to learn, we need to be ready for the next one, we can’t give a time like we did against Salernitana. We come to face Benfica with the right spirit, Paris has taught us that we must believe in us ”.


Danilo too, like Bonucci, insists on the concept of mentality: “We met after the match with Salernitana as we often do, we know we need to take a step forward. The team runs and does not give up, they try to win even if sometimes we go below the level, from the mental aspect we can improve because the great champions are strong in the head and face every game in the same way. To win you need to maintain a linear performance ”. Finally on the evolution of him as central: “In the future I see myself there, I like to play in this position”.

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