Atletico Madrid can wait as Juventus target La Viola win: Massimiliano Allegri
Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri insists their Champions League last 16 hopes are on the back burner as the Serie A leaders look to cement their status as Scudetto favourites.
Rome: Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri insists their Champions League last 16 hopes are on the back burner as the Serie A leaders look to cement their status as Scudetto favourites.
Although Juve host Atletico Madrid in a Group A decider in Turin next Tuesday looking for the draw that will secure their progress to the last 16, Allegri said all thoughts are on Friday night`s clash away to Fiorentina.
"We`re not thinking of next week`s Champons League match against Atletico, what`s more important right now is Fiorentina," Allegri told reporters on Thursday.
"After tomorrow, we`ll start thinking about Europe."
Juventus hold a three-point lead over title challengers Roma going into their clash at the Artemio Franchi stadium in Florence.
A year ago, Juventus, with Antonio Conte at the helm, lost 4-2 to La Viola after the hosts launched a stunning comeback from a 2-0 deficit.
Fiorentina have endured a tough start to the season and against Allegri`s Serie A pacesetters coach Vincenzo Montella said his side will need "belief, sacrifice and humility" if they are to overcome the champions.
"Allegri`s Juve are unbeatable, have a strong mentality and an identity that only the great sides have," he said.
Montella, who is expected to hand a start to striker Mario Gomez alongside Juan Cuadrado, added: "But we certainly won`t be lacking motivation."
The Turin giants may have won the Serie A crown three years in succession and 30 times in total but Allegri says they will have to match Roma`s hunger if they are to succeed once again.
"We have to have the same conviction (as Roma), but you wouldn`t expect to hear them saying that we`re going to win it," added Allegri, who had recently overseen a tactical switch from a 3-5-2 to a 4-3-1-2, with impressive results.
"We have a three point lead and we hope to remain in front, to do that we have to keep on winning."
Roma, who will battle for their own Champions League survival at home against Manchester City next Wednesday, host Sassuolo on Saturday.