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Every word from Max Allegri’s pre-Fiorentina press conference




Massimiliano Allegri spoke at a press conference ahead of the match against Fiorentina, and here’s every word:

“I just wanted to express my condolences to the families of the flood victims in Tuscany and to those who have suffered damages and hardships. All of this is much more important than the match.”


How important is the match tomorrow?

“It’s important because it’s always Juventus-Fiorentina. It’s always a great match due to the banter between the two teams, especially the two sets of fans. Playing in Florence is always stimulating. We will face a strong team even though they are coming off two defeats. To leave Florence with a positive result, we need to play a significant game in every aspect.”

Without Weah, can McKennie return to the right side?

“It’s very likely that I will move McKennie to the right, otherwise, we will play in a different way, but the team has certainties, and we must build on those.”

Can Kean start?

“Kean is in a good moment; he has grown physically, technically, and, most importantly, mentally. He still needs to grow, and I’m very pleased that he has been called up to the national team, achieving another goal. All the forwards are in good shape; they know that all of them are important, regardless of whether they start or come off the bench. If we do well upfront, the team will benefit. I haven’t decided yet; this afternoon, we will have the final training session, and then I will decide.”

Can Cambiaso start from the beginning?

“Now that Weah is absent, Cambiaso can also play on the right. On the left, Cambiaso, Kostic, and Iling are all in good condition. Without Weah, Cambiaso or Iling could also play in midfield.”

What are the threats in Italiano’s team?

“They are one of the best-equipped teams in the league because they have a good squad with both technically and physically skilled players. I believe they are a contender in the fight for the top four positions. This year, they have really built an excellent team. They have Nico Gonzalez, who is an important player, and the two strikers attack the depth and have physicality. There’s Kouamé on the left, Bonaventura, who is doing extraordinary things, and Arthur, whom I had no doubts about, has recovered well from his injury and is performing very well. It will be a very difficult game against a technically very strong team.”

Chiesa returns to Florence, how did you see him?

“Federico is doing better; he trained very little for 20 days during the international break. Now he’s better, and when he came on against Verona, he created very important situations.”

A judgment on Soulè?

“I had no doubts that he would do so well at Frosinone. He had already performed very well here at Juventus. Keeping him for another year here to play a few games would have been detrimental to the club and the player. We will see next year.”

Prandelli advised Vlahovic and Chiesa to put earplugs in…

“I don’t need to give advice to Chiesa and Vlahovic. What’s important is that they make themselves available to the team. We know that to continue on this path, we need to work hard and diligently. We must work on our limitations, be very compact. What we have done so far is not enough to achieve our ultimate goal, which is to play in the Champions League.”

How important can it be for Chiesa and Vlahovic to start from the beginning?

“They know that they are important for Juventus, as are Milik, Kean, and Yildiz. We need to play as a team, and everyone must put their personal goals in the service of the team. If we achieve our goals in the end, everyone wins. We need to keep a low profile, speak less, and run a lot.”

You haven’t conceded a goal in five matches. Is there something to be cautious about Fiorentina?

“We need to play a game with great respect. Fiorentina is coming off two defeats and then plays at home against Juventus. To have a good defense within the game, everyone needs to pitch in, starting with the forwards who need to run; otherwise, we drop down. If you have a good defense, you have a good offense, and if you have a good offense, you have a good defense.”

Can you provide an update on the injured players?

“I believe De Sciglio can return to training with the team in about a month. It’s more likely that Alex Sandro will return before Danilo. We had an examination done, and the injury is very deep, even if it’s small, and it can cause a lot of damage if it’s not recovered in the right timing. Speaking with Danilo and the doctors, I believe he will delay his return and will be back after the break. We hope to have him against Inter.”

Can the match be postponed?

“I don’t know about this; there are competent authorities who will decide. We are training today, and then we leave for Florence.”

Are there any changes in this Juventus?

“It’s a Juventus that has alternated between good and less good performances, depending on the opponent. We work every day to grow, improve, and become solid and resolute. We need to improve our scoring percentage; we need to improve in terms of precision and team effectiveness. Our strength must be in the cohesion that we need to maintain until the end of the season.”

Where does Miretti need to improve?

“Fabio needs to improve in scoring goals. But this has happened to many young players; once they break through, they can score more goals. Fabio is a player who moves, receives the ball between the lines. He’s a young player, and he will undoubtedly become a reliable player.”