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Allegri: Juve have a month to further improve the squad

Manager’s comments ahead of preseason clash

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Massimiliano Allegri with Aldo Dolcetti
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Juventus are in Boston, USA to take on Roma on Sunday in the International Champions Cup as part of their preseason friendlies. Speaking to the media ahead of the game, Allegri said while he was happy with the club’s summer business so far, there was more required before the transfer window closed.

“We’ve worked well and so far it has been a good pre-season tour.

“We’re coming off two days of intensive training work, so I will evaluate if someone needs a breather. This is an important test and a tough training session as we prepare for the Italian Super Cup.”

The Super Cup kicks off the new season, with the Bianconeri taking on Coppa Italia finalists Lazio on August 13.

“There is still a month to go, so we’ve got time to work on our transfer objectives. Was I promised a midfielder? The rapport with the club is so solid that I don’t need to be made promises.”

Juve have added two new faces in recent weeks, Federico Bernardeschi and Douglas Costa.

“Bernardeschi is an important signing, an exuberant player who has brought great enthusiasm. Douglas Costa will play one half tomorrow – I haven’t decided yet if it’s the first or the second.

“We’ve got everything we need to experience an important campaign and there’s a month for us to further improve the squad. To be honest, I’d be happier if the transfer deadline was July 31, as it’d be easier to prepare for the season.”

On what to expect this coming season, with Juve’s rivals all strengthening up -

“This is going to be an intriguing Serie A season, because all the big clubs have reinforced and I think it’ll be decided at the end. I expect it’ll be tighter than last year.

“Let’s not forget last time Napoli and Roma broke club records, while Milan’s transfer strategy was aiming for the Scudetto.

“Inter had a bad year, but they too will be able to compete for the title. I am sure it’ll go down to the wire.”