Juventus boss Allegri confirms huge injury boosts ahead of Tottenham
Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri this afternoon confirmed positive news on the injury front for his side, ahead of the Bianconeri’s Champions League second-leg tie with Tottenham.
The return of the Champions League on Tuesday evening saw the Serie A champions welcome Spurs to the Allianz Stadium for a much-anticipated last-16 clash.
And the hype ahead of kick-off proved to be wholly warranted following the full-time whistle, with the two sides having played out an absolutely thrilling affair in Turin.
A brace from Gonzalo Higuain within the first 10 minutes of the matchup saw Tottenham shell-shocked, but Mauricio Pochettino’s men, who showcased their ability to perform on the grand stage during the competition’s group stage versus Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund, proved once again that they belong with the elite of European football en route to a 2-goal comeback.
On a knife-edge
The second-leg between the sides is set to be played out at Wembley in 3 weeks’ time, with Juventus boss Max Allegri having spoken about the clash during a press conference ahead of the Old Lady’s Derby della Mole matchup with Turin rivals Torino tomorrow morning.
And the Italian tactician had plenty of positive news for fans of the club on the injury-front, revealing that both Paulo Dybala and Blaise Matuidi (who were both badly missed during the first-leg) should be fully fit for his side’s trip to North London on the 7th of March:
‘Next week, everyone will be available except for Juan Cuadrado.’
‘Dybala is in good condition, but not enough to start. He can probably play about 30 minutes (tomorrow). From next week, Blaise Matuidi will be available too.’
‘Not an easy team to face’
Allegri also discussed the balance of the Bianconeri’s tie with Tottenham, explaining:
‘Our chances of progress are just the same as they were before the first leg. We got a lot wrong in that game, as our pass completion rate was around 55 per cent when it is usually in the 70s. Having said that, Tottenham have for years been the most prolific side in the Premier League with a strong defence and the top scorer. They are not an easy team to face.’
‘The Champions League must not be experienced as an obsession, because when you have an obsession, you never win! I say everyone around Juventus ought to be very proud, because we have become stable in the top 10 European clubs.’
‘It ought to be motivating to face the other big sides in Europe, always remembering that a ball 5cm one way or the other can decide if you progress or not.’
‘The important thing now is to focus on Serie A and the Coppa Italia semi-final, because there’s a long way to go before March 6 and Wembley.’