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Allegri: Juve haven’t killed the League. It still has to be won.

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Manager’s comments ahead of big Derby d’Italia clash

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Juventus take on Inter Milan in the twice-annual Derby d’Italia tomorrow, and while eleven points separate the two teams, manager Massimiliano Allegri will not leave anything to chance.

Speaking ahead of the hotly-contested rivalry playing out for the first time this season, Allegri said -

“Tomorrow will be a beautiful and important match, it’s the Derby d’Italia.

“Regardless of the League table, it’ll certainly be a fascinating evening of football between two teams who, together with Milan, have made history in Italian football.

“It’s an important game from an emotional, technical and tactical point of view, so we’ll have to be as best prepared as possible.”

Speaking about Inter, Allegri added -

“The game is like a great Champions League clash, it prepares itself. We’ll face a team who have grown a lot in terms of self-esteem and results.

“Inter’s strong spot is that they always play the ball. Then they have Icardi, who is an extraordinary finisher.

“Weak points? we must be good to make them evident. Inter or Napoli? Napoli are very dangerous, while Inter continues to grow with a very good coach, with important players like Icardi, Perisic or Politano.”

Despite Juve’s commanding Scudetto lead, Allegri insists it’s all still to play for.

“Together with Napoli, they’re Juventus’ biggest rivals at the moment. Still, we must continue our journey very calmly. Juve haven’t killed the League. It still has to be won and there’s a long way to go.

“Are our rivals only playing for second place? Absolutely not because Ancelotti rightly says Napoli have a great chance.

“We also still have to face our rivals, Inter twice and then the second game against Napoli, so there are nine points up for grabs and the gap could be closed, just as it could be extended. There are still many games left to play.”

Allegri made an interesting choice last week pushing Joao Cancelo out on the left, will he try that again?

“Cancelo on the left? We’ll see, although it’s not for definite. I do not know if Cancelo and Mattia De Sciglio will change positions again. They can swap positions even during the match.”

He also provided an update on midfielder Emre Can, who has been out for some weeks now.

“He’s back in the squad and he could even play. Rodrigo Bentancur isn’t in peak condition, so I’ll have to weigh up some situations.”