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Every word from Allegri on Salernitana match, injury updates, Tiago Djalo and more

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Massimiliano Allegri addressed the media on Saturday ahead of Juventus’ vital Serie A match against Salernitana, underlining the importance of securing a Champions League spot for the Bianconeri.

Securing a Top-Four Finish the Priority

Allegri emphasized the need to take things one game at a time, but acknowledged the bigger picture. “The most important game is always the next one,” he declared. “We can’t underestimate Salernitana. We need to play with attention and respect.”

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However, he also recognized the significance of the upcoming matches, stating, “We’re getting closer [to Champions League qualification]. The important thing is to try to close out our first objective to prepare well for the Roma match, with Atalanta.”

Team Selection and Injury Concerns

Allegri revealed injury doubts for Federico Chiesa and Kenan Yildiz, who are battling a minor virus. “Chiesa and Yildiz are under the weather,” he confirmed. “I’ll evaluate their condition tomorrow morning.” He also confirmed the absences of defenders Mattia De Sciglio, Alex Sandro, and Danilo due to injury.

Attacking Options and Vlahovic’s Importance

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Allegri dismissed concerns about Chiesa’s form, assuring that the winger is regaining his fitness. “Chiesa is growing because he’s finding better physical condition,” he explained. He also praised Dusan Vlahovic’s goalscoring record, adding, “Dusan has scored a lot of goals, the numbers are on his side. Tomorrow if he plays, he can make a difference in the game.”

Reflecting on the Season Later

Allegri acknowledged the challenges faced throughout the season, but opted to postpone a detailed analysis. “There’s regret? Everyone makes mistakes, I’m the first,” he admitted. “Let’s think about tomorrow’s game, then follow the Roma match with Atalanta. At the end of the season, as always, I’ll do an evaluation with the staff. It was an anomalous season because we didn’t play in the Champions League.”

Appreciative of Fan Support

Allegri expressed his gratitude for the continued backing of the Juventus faithful. “The fans? I’m happy, I appreciate it,” he said. “The important thing is that tomorrow, above all, they’re with the lads. Tomorrow is important for Juventus. Juventus must return to playing in the Champions League and it wasn’t a given.”

Focus on the Present, But Acknowledging Room for Improvement

While Allegri deflected questions about specific reasons behind Juventus’ inconsistent season, he did concede there’s room for improvement. “Explanations? There are many reasons, there are many combinations,” he said. “We could and should have done better.”

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Juventus Ready to Respond to Challenges

Allegri downplayed concerns about fatigue due to the fixture schedule, stating, “Freshness? I’ve always preferred to play every three days, fatigue can be managed.” He also hinted at the possible inclusion of Tiago Djalò in the starting lineup, suggesting, “Djalò is feeling better. He could even play.”

Allegri on the Importance of Sharing Knowledge

Allegri spoke about the value of exchanging ideas with younger coaches. “Exchange of ideas? When these meetings are held, experiences are recounted,” he explained. “Some will do it, some do other things too. They like to know.”

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Acknowledging Sacchi’s Influence

Allegri concluded by recognizing the influence of legendary coach Arrigo Sacchi. “Sacchi was an important man for football,” he said. “These are all words that leave the time they find. Sacchi must be thanked, he was an innovator, there was a need to change something.”

Juventus will face Salernitana on Sunday, knowing that a win would put them in a strong position to secure Champions League qualification. Allegri is demanding full focus from his team as they look to bounce back from a challenging season.

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