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Every word from Allegri’s press conference after Juventus victory over Lazio

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Massimiliano Allegri spoke at a press conference after the match against Lazio.

Almost a perfect match…

“A good match against an excellent team. It was important to win the first home game. The fans did well to support us when Lazio had control of the game. We need to focus on working day by day and not on big things; our goal remains to finish in the top four.”

How important was winning this match?

“The fans gave us a great boost. We’re a team that needs the fans’ support. Winning today was important because it was a direct clash. We’re disappointed about conceding a goal, but we had the opportunity to see how the team reacted, and we did well.”

The key to the match?

“The whole team is doing well; some players were in great shape, and others were a bit behind. But it was important to get the victory; we had opportunities, and the team strongly wanted to win. We played well both with and without the ball.”

What can the Vlahovic-Chiesa partnership improve on?

“They all need to improve. I’m happy because it’s difficult to select the lineup. Milik and Kean came in well, Fagioli had a good second half. We need to maintain this spirit and desire to succeed. To do that, we need to run more than others and be angrier than our opponents.”

How happy are you that Vlahovic stayed?

“I didn’t think anything because Vlahovic has always been a Juventus player, just like Chiesa. Like all the players I have at my disposal. This year, Juventus had a different transfer market, and we made evaluations with the club, Giuntoli, and Manna, about the team’s value, which can improve a lot and grow.”

Is anger transforming this Juventus?

“Football is very much about empathy. Last year, the team earned 72 points in a difficult year. Now we’ve restarted and have time to work. We regret not playing in European competitions, but now we need to focus on returning to the Champions League. Vlahovic had pubalgia problems last year, Chiesa was expected to have ups and downs. Just look at their condition when they returned to training on July 10. Cambiaso can improve, Weah as well. McKennie is a useful player if he maintains consistency, he’s good and has goals in his legs. Everyone is growing. We’re focused on working and doing our best.”

Are you pleased with the fans’ chants?

“The fans have always been with us, and I’m very happy. There will be difficult moments, but it must be a journey we all take together: the team, the club, and the fans. Now it’s important to secure these wins.”

Are you working on Vlahovic’s right foot?

“In the past, you used to play with your weaker foot in training matches. Nowadays? It’s the same.”

How important are Miretti’s movements for this team?

“Miretti is very good at finding space, has extraordinary technique, and today he came close to scoring and held up physically. Let’s not forget he’s from 2003 and can grow. Fabio has around 50 appearances for Juve, which is not insignificant. I’m also pleased with Fagioli, who missed the preseason. The important thing is to maintain the desire to succeed and secure these victories. We have 16 players; those who start and those who come in to help us maintain the tempo.”

How angry were you about Lazio’s goal?

“Compared to the first match against Udinese and Bologna, the team is improving a lot. We need to find the balance between when to rest and when to press. The team is doing that and is growing in this aspect too.”

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Match preview: Juventus v Lecce – Redemption beckons for the bianconeri

Max Statman



After a stunning defeat last weekend, Juventus is eager to regain their momentum on Tuesday evening when they host the Serie A high-flyers, Lecce, at the Allianz Stadium in Turin.

Juventus makes their way back to their home ground, licking their wounds after suffering a shocking loss to Sassuolo that ended their unbeaten streak.

In contrast, their southern opponents, Lecce, have been a force to be reckoned with, boasting three wins from five matches and remaining undefeated.

Before their unfortunate downfall in Sassuolo, Juventus appeared to be on the path to a promising season start that could potentially put them back in the Scudetto contention after several years of decline.

However, the manner in which they crumbled, including a bizarre own goal by Federico Gatti during second-half stoppage time, has raised concerns for head coach Max Allegri.

Probable lineup and team news

With a crucial match ahead against Atalanta on the weekend, Juventus can’t afford to underestimate Lecce. Max Allegri’s rotation may be relatively limited on Tuesday, with Tim Weah expected to feature on the right flank.

Arkadiusz Milik and Nicolo Fagioli are pushing hard for a spot in the starting lineup. Unfortunately, injuries continue to sideline defensive duo Alex Sandro and Mattia De Sciglio, while Paul Pogba is dealing with a doping case, and Moise Kean’s availability remains uncertain.

Dušan Vlahović, meanwhile, is also expected to start from. the bench as a precaution.

Juventus pobable starting XI: Szczesny; Rugani, Bremer, Danilo; Weah, Fagioli, Locatelli, Rabiot, Cambiaso; Milik, Chiesa.

Key players to watch

Federico Chiesa, in stellar form with four goals in his first five matches, is expected to lead Juventus’ attacking charge. Going up against Lecce’s rock-solid defense, which has conceded just four goals in five games, will be a stern test for the Italian striker.

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Match report: Sassuolo triumphs over Juventus in thrilling 4-2 encounter

Max Statman



In a highly anticipated Serie A showdown, Sassuolo hosted Juventus, resulting in a remarkable 4-2 victory for the home side. The match, although not destined for football history, was a rollercoaster of emotions that showcased the unpredictability of the sport.

The contest began with both teams displaying intent and attacking prowess. However, it was Sassuolo’s Armand Laurienté who drew first blood. His right-footed strike from the edge of the area found its way past Wojciech Szczesny, who appeared caught off guard. This early setback put Juventus on the back foot.

Undeterred by the early deficit, Juventus fought their way back into the game. A stroke of luck came their way when Matias Vina, Sassuolo’s defender, inadvertently deflected a Federico Chiesa cross into his own net, leveling the score at 1-1. This fortunate turn of events breathed new life into the Bianconeri.

Domenico Berardi, celebrating his 300th Serie A appearance, had a night to remember. The Sassuolo captain marked the occasion with an outstanding goal, sweeping the ball into the far bottom corner with finesse. It was a fitting tribute to his career with the Neroverdi.

With the match hanging in the balance, Federico Chiesa emerged as Juventus’ savior. His first-time strike from 14 yards, aided by a slight deflection, beat the goalkeeper at the near post. Chiesa’s goal leveled the score once more at 2-2, setting the stage for a thrilling conclusion.

Sassuolo refused to back down and seized the lead once again. Matheus Henrique’s brilliant playmaking set up Domenico Berardi for his second goal of the match. However, the real twist came when Andrea Pinamonti capitalized on Szczesny’s fumble, heading the ball into the net to give Sassuolo a 3-2 lead.

In an unforgettable turn of events, Fabio Gatti added a bizarre chapter to the match. Under pressure from Matheus Henrique, Gatti calmly passed the ball into his own empty net, sealing Sassuolo’s 4-2 triumph. It was a moment that left both teams and fans in disbelief.

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Max Allegri talks the match against Sassuolo, injury updates, this season ambitions and more

Max Statman



Juventus head coach Max Allegri held a comprehensive press conference today, addressing various aspects of the team’s current situation and their upcoming match against Sassuolo.

With a mix of tactical insights, player updates, and a focus on the team’s ambitions, Allegri gave an intriguing glimpse into the mindset of the club.

Allegri began by emphasizing the importance of maintaining focus despite early-season success, saying, “Tomorrow, we’ll need to stay alert; there’s too much euphoria. It’s nice, but it risks taking away our focus. We’re only in the fifth match; we need calmness.”

He continued by discussing the squad’s composition, especially with younger talents, noting, “The responsibilities when playing for Juventus belong to everyone, not just the young players. It’s normal to expect some mistakes due to inexperience from the younger ones, but fortunately, we have a group of experienced players who help and encourage them. All our young talents are growing, and that’s important.”

Allegri also addressed the team’s pursuit of Champions League qualification, emphasizing the significance of this goal, both economically and for sporting ambitions: “This year, we don’t have any cups, but it’s crucial to qualify for the Champions League next year, both for financial reasons and sporting ambitions.”

The coach elaborated on the team’s playing style, commenting, “Our style of play? As I’ve mentioned before, it’s a matter of the squad’s composition. This year, we’ve lost some experience but gained enthusiasm and dynamism.”

In terms of upcoming matches, Allegri acknowledged the tight schedule, mentioning the game against Lecce on Tuesday and the need to manage the squad effectively: “On Tuesday, there’s a game with only three days in between, which won’t happen often this year. For now, we focus on tomorrow, and then tomorrow night, we’ll think about Tuesday.”

When asked about individual players, Allegri provided updates, including Vlahovic and Chiesa’s availability, as well as Huijsen’s inclusion due to Alex Sandro’s absence: “Vlahovic and Chiesa had some minor issues, but they are fully available. Huijsen will be with us from now on because Alex Sandro will be out for quite some time.”

Allegri also commented on the visit from Spalletti, showing his commitment to assisting players in reaching the national team: “Spalletti’s visit was very pleasing to me. We are available to ensure that our players are in the best position to represent the national team and perform well.”

The press conference concluded with Allegri emphasizing the importance of balance and consistency: “The strength of a team and a club lies in having balance. Results are achieved through balance. A win or a loss should not sway us.”

Allegri’s words reflect a determined and focused Juventus side as they prepare for their clash against Sassuolo. The coach’s careful management and emphasis on the team’s long-term goals set the tone for the upcoming matches in their quest for Champions League qualification.

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