Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri highlights the mistakes made by the Bianconeri in their Serie A clash against Bologna on Saturday and warns his players about Fiorentina: ‘It will be a different game…’
The Coppa Italia is Juventus’ last chance to win a piece of silverware this season. Tomorrow, they host Fiorentina at the Allianz Stadium after a 1-0 win in the reverse fixture in Florence last month.
“It will be a tough game, Fiorentina have had a good run of form and I believe that Vincenzo Italiano is confirming the good things he did at Spezia. Tomorrow’s game will be different from the first leg,” Allegri said at a press conference.
“Substitutions will be important tomorrow, those starting will need to keep a high pace. Fiorentina play with a high rhythm in the opening 60-70 minutes, so we must be at the same level. They have good technical skills and are in shape. Leonardo Bonucci and Mattia Perin will start, but I’ll decide the line-up after tomorrow’s training session.
“The result of the first leg doesn’t change much. Fiorentina create a lot, they beat Napoli and Venezia away and played well with Inter. We can’t think about the first leg tomorrow. We didn’t put in a bad performance against Bologna, but we wasted a few chances. This is the decisive part of the season. We have played many games and now we need something different.”
Allegri won at least two trophies in each one of his first five seasons in charge of the Serie A giants during his first spell at the club between 2014 and 2019. How does it feel to have just one chance left to win a trophy this term?
“If you win it [the Coppa Italia], it counts nothing, if you don’t win you have missed a target,” Allegri said.
“As for Serie A, Juventus must think about finishing in the top four. We must protect our lead. It’s a balanced season. We didn’t win games were we played better [than our opponents]. We have missed that little something to win games and take a step forward. We must reflect and improve. Next year will be better, but now we must focus on this campaign.”
The Old Lady picked up a 1-1 draw against Bologna on Sunday thanks to a late goal from Dusan Vlahovic. What were Juventus’ main issues in the game and where do players need to improve?
“We watched the game against Bologna we were too passive defensively, in the first half and until we conceded the goal. Even in a bad performance, we created several goal opportunities. We are tenth for goals scored this season and we must improve. Football has evolved and there are many nice and innovative things, but one thing doesn’t change. You have to score goals and that’s where we must improve.”
Does it also concern how Juventus are providing service for Dusan Vlahovic?
“No, not at all. Vlahovic has scored seven, eight goals and games in the second part of the season are different. The ball is heavier.
“I don’t like talking, somebody else likes it more. I belive that we must be focused, criticism is good because it gives more motivation. We know how we work and what we do every day to achieve our targets. There are unexpected events sometimes and we don’t neet to change the way we work, but evaluate the performance of the team and the single footballers.”