Juventus head to Real Madrid tomorrow facing the herculean task of trying to overcome a 3-0 deficit from the first leg of their Champions League quarterfinal. Manager Massimiliano Allegri spoke to the media ahead of the game.
“Our duty is to cancel out the memory of that 3-0 result, which was not an accurate reflection of the match, but must be accepted for what it was.
“We must approach this as if it was a one-off game and do everything possible to get a positive result. We don’t know what’ll happen during the match, but who expected us to lose 3-0 in the first leg? Maybe we’ll score at the Bernabeu after three minutes, I don’t know.
“We need a tough performance to also set us up for the final weeks of the season, because we still have to win the Scudetto and Coppa Italia Final.”
On what Juve’s chances of overturning the deficit are.
“The whole world will be watching and we must play without thinking of regrets or what we could’ve done. The chances of qualifying aren’t good, but we have to try and above all cancel out the doubts that emerged after the 3-0 defeat.
“Real Madrid will know that a game can change in a moment. We’ve got to rediscover the defensive solidity we have lost lately so we can have a strong end to the season.
“I am still angry about the first leg, because we did not deserve to lose 3-0 and had prepared everything to ensure we’d come to Madrid with the tie in the balance.”
Allegri is going to be short a few players with Paulo Dybala suspended while Andrea Barzagli and Rodrigo Bentancur are both injured, but his gameplan upfront is clear.
“We will start three in attack. Gonzalo Higuain certainly, then two out of Mario Mandzukic, Juan Cuadrado and Douglas Costa.”