In keeping with his understated personality, Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri doesn’t want any thoughts of completing a historic treble destabilizing his squad. When a club has achieved as much success as the Bianconeri have over the years, it’s easy for a sense of complacency to creep in and Allegri wants to nip that in the bud with a crucial month or so ahead.
“Look, a lot of things have been said and written this week, and rightly so. I think it’s normal and right because otherwise you’ll live with too much equilibrium. You need balance, but you also need moments of ‘euphoria’, in quotes.
“At this point we’ve still won nothing, in the end only the facts count, words don’t matter much.
“So at the moment Juventus haven’t won anything, we haven’t won the Scudetto, we still need to play the Coppa Italia final and we haven’t yet reached the Champions League final.
“We still need to go one step at a time. Tomorrow we have a game where the three points are very important, we can’t allow Roma to think that we’re going to slip-up.”
He insisted that he would be taking the games one step at a time.
“Why are Juventus the only team that can win a treble? This blessed treble… we’re thinking about winning one, then we’ll think about winning the other and at the end trying to win the third.
“To win the third we have to get there, at the moment we’re on course for the Scudetto but we’re close, not very close.
“The final of the Coppa Italia is still to be played, and in the Champions League there are still two games until the final.
“What we’ve done is partial, because what counts is the end result when we stop on June 4.
“So we have to think about working this month, an important month where we need to work calmly, approach our training sessions in the best way and above all deal with the games without thinking about what will happen in 20 days time.
“We’ll think about tomorrow, which is the most important thing.”
Roma, who are now eight points behind Juve play against Lazio in the Derby della Capitale and then visit AC Milan next - could those two games decide the destination of the Scudetto?
“It’s not up to us to decide, to get to the Scudetto we need eight points. That means winning three or drawing two and winning two. Then we’ll see what the others do.
“We need to bring home the title, it’s not over yet and there’s still a long way to go. Then we’ll think of the Champions League.
“It’s an objective to win in Europe, but before that we have to try and win the League.”
In reference to his previous ‘June 4’ comment, was he targeting the Champions League final (scheduled for June 3rd)?
“No, because the Coppa Italia final is on the 2nd so… We need to aim to stop on June 4, then we’ll do well.
“That doesn’t mean we’re already in the final, because Monaco are a good, tough team.”