Juventus boss Messimiliano Allegri has said that tonight’s game against AS Roma is not going to be a Serie A title decider.
Juventus host AS Roma in a much anticipated clash tonight and the Old Lady boss Allegri admitted that the capital side looks much improved now and they are the biggest challengers of Juve. But Allegri also stressed that tonight’s game is not a title decider as it is just a start of the season.
“We’re aware of our strength and Roma are our closest rival. But nothing will be decided [on Sunday], there’s still a long way to go,” Allegri said. He was speaking in a press conference ahead of tonight’s game.
Many experts believe that AS Roma have a glorious opportunity to end the dominance of Juventus in Serie A this season and Allegri accepted that Rudi Garcia’s men are a real threat to their empire. “It will be evenly matched so we’ll need to do well to bring out our qualities and strike their weaknesses. Roma are a team who have bolstered during the summer and gained confidence from last season,” he said.
“We need to show we’ve got the desire to regain our title. It won’t be easy. Roma approach the game on a great run of form. Juventus Stadium is a crucial factor for us, the fans never stop cheering on the team. I think Roma will approach the game completely differently to how they did last season.”
The Juventus boss also took the opportunity to speak about the injury status of Andrea Pirlo. The midfield maestro has recovered from his injury but Allegri said that it is not decided whether Pirlo will start the game yet. “We’ll make a decision on Pirlo,” Allegri said. “It’s best to have him in the best shape for Juventus.”
Meanwhile, Roma boss Rudi Garcia has said that he is excited about tonight’s game and promised that his side will be playing an attacking game against Juventus.
“If you’re in this job, you aspire to be involved in games like this,” Rudi Garcia said in a press conference today. “We’ll pull out all the stops in Turin to make sure we’re able to play our game and show our ambition.
“Roma always play to win and we’ll approach it the same way as on Tuesday [against City], with the ambition to cause problems. Juventus have a strong physical presence on the field, we have to be up for that. We have to win balls in defence too and you can’t do that with ballet shoes, you need to fight,” the Roma boss concluded.
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