UEFA Champions League

ALLEGRI: "AJAX-JUVENTUS IS AN IMPORTANT GAME"

Massimiliano Allegri spoke in the pre-match press conference ahead og today's Champions League match against Ajax.

"Ajax are a strong team. They eliminated Real Madrid and played on a par against Bayern. As always a match like Ajax-Juve is an important game. It will be an open match and we will have to be very focused. Ajax play in a different way to Atletico Madrid. They are a very aggressive team and it's going to be a physical match, we need to score an away goal. We have prepared for Ajax-Juve by focusing on our opponent's strengths. We will have to go for their goal a lot."

On Cristiano Ronaldo: "Cristiano has trained well with the team. He will start tomorrow night.

On the squad's condition: "Daniele Rugani is one of the best young players in Italy and in Europe. Emre Can was in good form and I hope to have him at my disposal for the return leg. Rodrigo Bentancur is also going good at the moment. Douglas Costa has recovered and he's someone who could make a big impact across both games. I'm disappointed not to have Cuadrado available. Maybe in the future we could introduce a 'wild card' for the Champions League squad list. Paulo Dybala trained very well this morning. His mental level is growing, when he's on-form he's one of the best players at Juventus and in the world. Bernardeschi played well on Saturday. He needs to not let his head drop and become even more decisive."

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