Allegri on the eve of Nantes-Juve return to the Europa League playoffs

The Juventus coach does not feel favored. On the absentees: “For Chiesa a simple fatigue, but it’s harmful to risk it. I hope to have Pogba available soon, even just for one more change”

From our correspondent Filippo Cornacchia

February 22nd
– Turin

Juventus will play a large part of the season without Paul Pogba (“I hope to have him back soon, even if only to have one more substitution”) and also without Federico Chiesa, who in the end was unable to recover from fatigue. The blue striker did not leave for Nantes and the black and whites, after the draw in the first leg in Turin (1-1), will have to do without his tears tomorrow to win the ticket for the second round of the Europa League. “Federico – explains the coach – unfortunately we don’t have him with us. Ailments can happen after an absence of ten months due to injury as happened to him. However, against Nantes we will need a fair match from a technical and approach point of view. We must not concede what we conceded in the first leg”. Allegri sets the passing percentage for the round at 50% and does not reply to the Nantes coach, Kombouaré. “He said that they have nothing to lose and that it would be a bad impression for Juventus to be eliminated? Tomorrow is a single match, a final as away goals are no longer worth double. We approach the challenge with serenity and with the awareness that we will face a decisive match”.


No Church, no trident. “Without Federico – continues Allegri – we cannot play with the three up front. The match could also go into extra time and we need substitutions with certain characteristics. Cuadrado is better, but he’s not yet one hundred percent. I have to understand whether to start with him or with De Sciglio”.


“The French team – concludes the Juventus coach – has good individuals. Blas is a good lefty, a shooter. Winning in Europe is never easy and it’s always tough away from home. Yes, we talked about the atmosphere we’ll find especially in the first minutes of the match, we’ll have to be good at letting the match slide”.


Locatelli also attended the press conference: the player is focused on the present, but he also represents the future of Juventus. “I think my redemption from Sassuolo has already started – the blue points out – but in reality I feel like a Juventus player from the first day I set foot at the Allianz Stadium. I future leader? I don’t have to be the one to say it. We have many driving forces in this team ”. Instead, Massimiliano Allegri crowned Locatelli, sitting next to him in the pre-Nantes conference: “It’s easy to compliment Manuel who, in addition to having the technical qualities to stay in this club, also has the moral ones and the DNA Juventus”.