With the Bianconeri set to face Sampdoria tomorrow evening within match-week 26, Juventus boss Max Allegri previewed the vital fixture within a pre-match press conference.
As it stands, Juventus find themsleves in seventh place with a total of 35 points, 12 points away from fourth-placed Roma. Despite their heart-breaking 1-0 defeat to the Giallorossi at the Stadio Olimpico, the Old Lady have managed to get back to winning ways as Argentine Angel Di Maria inspired a 1-0 victory over Bundesliga outfit Freiburg within the first leg of the Round of 16 of the Europa League.
With a key week ahead of Allegri’s side as they prepare to challenge Freiburg within the reverse fixture, as well as having to face Inter in the Derby D’Italia within the Serie A, claiming all three points at the Allianz will be crucial to maintain full confidence going forward.
Juventus find themselves in difficult circumstances going into tomorrow’s significant matchup as key players Federico Chiesa, Angel Di Maria, Alex Sandro, and Arkadiusz Milik are all labelled unavailable.
While speaking to the media, as relayed by Milan-based journal La Gazzetta dello Sport, Allegri provided his insight on the upcoming match against Stankovic’s men, as well as the difficult week ahead:
“The match against Sampdoria seems affordable but the latest results instead suggest the opposite. They’ve always lost by a hand. What’s more, it will be very important for the standings because for the first time we can go to second place, going three points above Inter. We are aware of the difficulties and the importance of the match.”
“This week that is about to begin is more than decisive and will be very important. The ranking is made with the small teams, in direct matches we have lost and drawn with Roma, lost with Milan, won with Inter and Lazio, drawn with Atalanta. Tomorrow is a match that can make the difference. Winning teams are responsible, preparing matches with the big names is all easier, we have to make the leap in quality with the medium-small ones. Sampdoria will be an important test for us.”
Julian Faustini Ι GIFN