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Juventus, Allegri: “We need a tough performance”

Juventus, Allegri: “We need a tough performance”

Juventus Manager Massimiliano Allegri wants the Bianconeri to “cancel out the doubts that emerged” after the first-leg defeat to Real Madrid.

The second-leg of the mouthwatering Champions League Quarter-Final with Real Madrid will be played tonight at the Bernabeu but Juventus face an uphill task they want to progress through to the Semi-Finals as they were defeated 3-0 at the Allianz Stadium last week.

Allegri spoke in a pre-match Press Conference with regards to the match.

“Our duty is to cancel out the memory of that 3-0 result, which was not an accurate reflection of the match, but must be accepted for what it was.

“We must approach this as if it was a one-off game and do everything possible to get a positive result. We don’t know what’ll happen during the match, but who expected us to lose 3-0 in the first leg? Maybe we’ll score at the Bernabeu after three minutes, I don’t know.

“We need a tough performance to also set us up for the final weeks of the season, because we still have to win the Scudetto and Coppa Italia Final.”

Paulo Dybala is suspended after he was sent-off last week and with Andrea Barzagli and Rodrigo Bentancur suffering from injuries, Allegri was asked what tactics he’ll use.

“We will start three in attack. Gonzalo Higuain certainly, then two out of Mario Mandzukic, Juan Cuadrado and Douglas Costa.

“The whole world will be watching and we must play without thinking of regrets or what we could’ve done. The chances of qualifying aren’t good, but we have to try and above all cancel out the doubts that emerged after the 3-0 defeat.

“Real Madrid will know that a game can change in a moment. We’ve got to rediscover the defensive solidity we have lost lately so we can have a strong end to the season.

“I am still angry about the first leg, because we did not deserve to lose 3-0 and had prepared everything to ensure we’d come to Madrid with the tie in the balance”.

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