Juventus are in the United States kicking off a preseason tour with a game against Barcelona on Saturday, and the press conference was also an official unveiling for new fullback Mattia De Sciglio as well as manager Massimiliano Allegri finally venting some simmering thoughts about how the previous season ended and the summer has gone.
Speaking about the preseason programme that will see the Bianconeri take on the Blaugrana, Paris St. Germain and AS Roma, Allegri said -
“These are very big matches for our club. At the end of the day this team should’ve celebrated the fantastic successes we had winning the Scudetto and Coppa Italia and I’m disappointed we didn’t celebrate those the way they deserve to be celebrated because of what happened in Cardiff.
“A lot of untruths have been written or said since Cardiff, discrediting our incredible season."
With Juve’s rivals spending freely in the summer transfer window, what were his thoughts on the title defence?
“This coming season is not going to be easier. Milan has strengthened it’s club with a big amount of acquisitions as have Napoli and Roma.
“We look forward to implementing the same attitude and mentality of winning another Scudetto and going into the new season with even more drive to pick up where we left off in Cardiff.”
He went on speak a little about the formations he’s going to be looking at this coming season -
"We'll play with 4 in defence. We're looking good, but we might bolster our backline further this window.
"We could well play with three men in midfield when the Serie A season gets underway."
That defence will need an addition following the acrimonious departure of Leonardo Bonucci, with Allegri brushing him off saying -
"Bonucci? As often happens in football, players can feel the need to get a change of scene."
In case you were wondering what Allegri’s frame of mind was going into this new season, he’s all business and ready to launch another Scudetto campaign. Forza Juve.