Inter-Juve, Allegri: “Italian Cup final goal with second place”

The Juventus coach: “We have to restart after 4 defeats in 5 games”

“We have to restart after 4 defeats in 5 matches, we want the final”. Massimiliano Allegri, coach of Juventus, thus expresses himself on the eve of the return semi-final of the Coppa Italia on the Inter pitch. The first leg ended 1-1. “Tomorrow is Inter-Juventus, a wonderful match, in which the final will be played. It will have to be an evening of great competition but also a good match, and we will do everything possible to go to the final. We prepare with serenity and a sense of revenge: on Sunday we left a point for our oversights, and this is what we have to work on, because we come from 4 defeats in 5 games”, he says, thinking back to the home knockout against Napoli.

“We must always behave for the best, in an exemplary way and if it hasn’t happened on rare occasions, we’ll see if we can improve in this sense too. We mustn’t waste time making recriminations, they’re just useless waste of energy. Our goal is to think about finishing the championship did well, with the aim of taking second place and reaching the two finals in the competitions we are playing in. Then, if Inter win tomorrow, we will congratulate them; the important thing is to remember that in the 93rd minute, if you haven’t won a game, you mustn’t lose it and you must always stay focused,” he adds.

Formation chapter: “Vlahovic will hardly play, today he had a problem; Kean is also unavailable, if Milik has recovered he will be able to play, but I have to decide on the trident, as well as in defense. Pogba could be in the match, at least for one part. In goal play Perin”. Juve’s troubled season served, at least, to launch some young players: “Miretti is doing well and is growing, as is Iling-Junior: it’s part of their growth path, they are young, and Juventus have shown themselves and are demonstrating at the forefront of this issue, with the Second Team and Next Gen project”.

Is Allegri’s future in the balance? “I have another 2 years of contract. For me, being here for 7 years is a privilege and an honor: then there are, as in all cases in life, moments of difficulty that must be faced with serenity and clear ideas in planning the future I am a businessman and I have a technical task, but also that of giving value to the players: everything must be done with very clear ideas, something that Juve has been doing for 10 years, with many far-sighted decisions and which they must do even in more difficult, when you win but also when you lose”.