Juventus assistant Angelo Alessio has confirmed that tomorrow's match with Nordsjaelland is a must win if they are to progress in Europe.
The Bianconeri host the Danish champions on Wednesday, and the 47-year-old former midfielder has admitted that the club have to gain three points if they are to qualify from Champions League Group E.
“We have to win if we are to move forward in Europe,” he told a Press conference. “If we play well we will win, if we don't, well....we'll have to pray.
“We have to keep attacking and moving forward as a team, but it is clear that it takes time to build something impressive in this competition. Just look at [Manchester City boss] Roberto Mancini or [Paris Saint-Germain Coach] Carlo Ancelotti – there are a lot of newcomers not doing so well.”
He also commented on the attacking options ahead of tomorrow's match.
“Alessandro Matri will start on Wednesday, alongside either Fabio Quagliarella or Sebastian Giovinco. We are happy with all our strikers and believe in their quality.
“Mirko Vucinic has a bruised calf, so we want to rest him. Nicklas Bendtner has started well, but we expect him to improve and get on the scoresheet soon.”
The 47-year-old concluded by remarking on Saturday's loss to Inter, that saw the club's 49-match unbeaten run come to an end.
“After the first 20 minutes we could have been 3-0 up, but we made a lot of mistakes and that cost us dearly.
“Inter are a good team and I think they can compete for the title. You only have to look at their attack to see they're a great team.”
Think you know your Italian football? Share your knowledge, tips and comments to win cash prizes in OLBG's tipster competition - £5,000 monthly.