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Allegri: Scudetto has to be earned on the pitch

Manager’s pre-match comments ahead of Juventus vs Fiorentina

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While Juventus might have dominated the headlines and the transfer market over the summer, the defending champions have not achieved anything yet as they set out to capture their sixth title in a row.

Manager Massimiliano Allegri, speaking at a pre-match press conference, stated that his side would not be taking anything for granted, and their goals for the year were very clear.

“First of all, nothing is easy - especially in football.

“You can’t necessarily say that because Juventus have made some good signings - Gonzalo Higuain, Miralem Pjanic, Medhi Benatia, Marko Pjaca, Dani Alves - that it’s a mathematical equation and we should win the Scudetto.

“To win the Scudetto you have to earn it on the pitch, like going forward in the Champions League. We’ll take it a step at a time, which is the way it should be.

“The first overall objective is to get to March and be fighting for three competitions, to be fighting in the League, the Last 16 of the Champions League and the Coppa Italia. From then on we’ll play our season.

“Tomorrow, when the season starts, all 20 teams have zero points, so to take the points tomorrow we’ll have to play a great match.

“It’s definitely not easy, because in every year that passes - Juventus have won the Scudetto for five in a row - the level of difficulty gets higher and higher.

“The other teams become more aggressive, and as we saw at the beginning of last year, unconsciously there’s a drop-off.

“So we should look at what we did last year and try to put it into practice from the start of the season where, again, the games are more difficult and complicated than over the last two months.”

On the topic of Paul Pogba, who became the world’s most expensive transfer -

“We didn’t speak, because among other things he was in America until the day before he went to Manchester. We had a very good relationship, like I do with all the players.

“Maybe he was still hurting because he lost to me in a challenge at football and basketball, so it was for that reason he decided to leave Juventus.”

Allegri was also asked about the possibility of Juan Cuadrado returning, as well as any other transfer targets -

“I won’t speak about the transfer market because we have the game tomorrow.

“Above all because these two games in August are as deadly as games in January, though you’re perhaps in a different condition in January, the team is settled and you just need a few tweaks in the transfer market.

“These two games with the transfer window still open, the window that matters, are always a trap.

“So I won’t speak about transfers, because the transfer market is down to the club and the club has had a great transfer campaign.

“We have 15 days to complete the squad, then there are players on other teams who I don’t want to talk about at all.”