Juventus host Bologna on Saturday with a chance to cement their four point lead over Napoli in the Scudetto race, while keeping an eye out firmly for Wednesday when they take on AC Milan in the Coppa Italia final.
Manager Massimiliano Allegri previewed the upcoming action.
“We’ve picked up a few more points than at this stage last season, plus the title race is still on because Napoli are having a great season.
“We’re almost at the end, and we have to win tomorrow so we can prepare for the Coppa Italia Final against Milan in the best way.”
Tomorrow’s opponents are not going to be pushovers.
“Bologna require our attention, determination and respect and will be mindful of what happened to us at Crotone, for example.
“Bologna will come here to have a great game. We mustn’t be presumptuous but rather take another step towards the Scudetto.”
There has been a lot of hysteria throughout the nation following Juve’s somewhat controversial comeback win over Inter Milan last weekend.
“There’s been a bit of comedy, but I’d say the pictures clarify everything. Let’s get back to the pitch: everything in the League is still open, and it’s a sign that it’s been a good season.”
Allegri also provided a squad update.
“Mario Mandzukic is out, we hope to have him back against Milan.
“Gianluigi Buffon will play in goal and will also play in the Coppa. Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain will play. I expect the goals we need for the Scudetto from them.
“In midfield, it’ll be one of Claudio Marchisio and Rodrigo Bentancur. Juan Cuadrado as fullback, certainly that’s possible in his future, but I still haven’t decided about tomorrow.
“Federico Bernardeschi still doesn’t have 90 minutes in his legs, but his hunger and desire to win must be an example for everyone. He’s grown a lot mentally.”
Regarding the transfer rumours surrounding Dybala -
“Paulo’s an important player for us, he’s had a great season and he has what it takes to become one of the best players in world football.
“However, it’s up to him. Paulo’s focused and he wants to give a lot more to Juventus. I don’t think he’ll leave.”
Did he think that VAR was worth it after all the uproar this season?
“It helps a lot if used properly. It’s working correctly in Italy after a spell of adaptation.”
And regarding his own future?
“I’m tied to Juventus and I feel good here. There’s nothing else to say: what matters today is a seventh consecutive Scudetto and the Coppa Italia.”