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.