UEFA Champions League


Massimiliano Allegri believes that Juve must play smart and take their chances in order to qualify for the Champions League quarter-finals.

"I don’t know how Spurs are going to play tomorrow. We’re going to have to be a lot better technically than we were in the first leg, especially in the second half. It will be like a final, in a way, because we have to get a result otherwise we are going out. We created chances at home in the first leg and we’ll have to do the same tomorrow night. The most important thing is that we be positive.

"I think it's right to say that best team will win. It's about taking your chances. This is what happens in games at a high level. Similar to Lazio it was a very tough, very physical game for us, but right at the end Dybala took his chance to win the game. In comparison, I think that tomorrow there will be more space and more chances created, but the important thing is that we defend well.

"It won't be possible to play in the same way as we did against Bayern Munich two years ago, as we have different players rather than quick players who were very good on the counter attack. Instead, tomorrow will be about possession and taking our chances."

"I don’t see any reason why both Higuain and Dybala can't both play tomorrow, but Higuain has only been training with the squad for the last two days. Dybala has recovered well and had a good game against Lazio. Tomorrow will be such a great spectacle that players will want to play in even if they're not 100%.

"I haven’t given the injuries much thought. Obviously we would prefer not to go into extra-time tomorrow as we have a short bench, but we have to play a different game tomorrow anyway. We have to be calm, better technically, be patient and give our best in order to go through.

"Dybala, Higuain and Douglas Costa may not all play together, but they could all feature at some stage. However, they are the only three attackers I've got left, so it could be that they all may need to start."

(Photo LaPresse)