Coppa Italia


Massimiliano Allegri says Juventus will approach their TIM Cup quarter-final against Lazio with plenty of determination to defend the trophy they lifted for the tenth time in the club’s history in May 2015. Here is a selection of his thoughts ahead of the game:

TIM Cup: “We head to the capital in good shape, the boys are in decent condition. Our aim is to get through to the next round because the TIM Cup is one of the trophies we want to lift this season.”

Serie A TIM: “We still haven’t achieved anything. We’ve done well to get ourselves back into the running, but now the crucial period begins in all three competitions. In Serie A TIM we’ve got a mini-championship consisting of 18 games to tackle with maximum focus.”

Team selection: "I trust all of my players and will therefore choose the best possible starting line-up for the game. When you have many games in a short space of time it’s the only way of keeping the intensity high.”

J-Academy: “I always bring the odd youth team player in to train with us. It’s a great opportunity for them to develop. Grosso and his boys are doing very well. The aim is to bring a few into the first-team fold, or have them playing elsewhere at a decent level.”

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