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Manager’s comments ahead of Juve-Milan clash

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Juventus take on also-rans AC Milan this weekend with their sights firmly set on the midweek Champions League game against Ajax Amsterdam. In fact, the Bianconeri can become the earliest Scudetto winners in history if they win on Saturday and Napoli lose to Genoa on Sunday.

Speaking ahead of the game, manager Massimiliano Allegri started off with an update on the injury to Cristiano Ronaldo.

“There are good signals from Cristiano Ronaldo in view of the match against Ajax.

Paulo Dybala, Mario Mandzukic and Leonardo Spinazzola are available tomorrow. Douglas should be available for Ajax.

Juan Cuadrado, if it all goes well, will be available for SPAL. Mattia Perin won’t make tomorrow. Martin Caceres is out for three weeks.

Giorgio Chiellini will be out. I still have to evaluate the others, also because between tomorrow and Wednesday we’ll all have time to recover.”

Despite the league title being all but won, Allegri cautioned his side to maintain their focus.

“We’ll only celebrate when we win the Scudetto. Winning eight consecutive League titles is never easy, plus with these numbers.

“Napoli are having an average season for the Scudetto, but we’re doing something extraordinary.

“Milan have grown a lot and Juventus-Milan is always a balanced match. It’ll be a difficult, stimulating game, which must prepare us for the Champions League.”

Last weekend’s racial abuse controversy at Cagliari saw some blame flying around, especially around what Leonardo Bonucci said about Moise Kean provoking the home supporters.

“Racism must always be prosecuted and fought. It can never be justified. Bonucci, in a competitive trance, expressed himself badly after the game but immediately apologised and explained what he meant. The two are distinct.

“I’m happy with how Kean is developing. The important thing is that, for him to become a great player, he acquires great balance and a high mental level.”