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Fiorentina coach Vincenzo Italiano speaks ahead of the Coppa Italia semifinal first leg against Juventus.

ON JUVENTUS - "No matter what system and which players Allegri picks, we need to be a real team and play as a real team. They are a strong side, have many options up front, they are solid at the back. We need to be very careful when defending, they can hurt us in every moment."

ON THE MATCH - "I'm angry about the defeat at the weekend, but this makes me even more angry and focused. It's an important match for us and for the city, and it's a cup semifinal."

ON THE FANS - "The fans here can be our 12th and 13th men, we need them to take us that extra step, the atmosphere is great. We know the rivalry, and we'll honour this type of game."

ON IMPROVING - "Whoever plays we need to be the same, and it has happened so far, I saw a great side that created a lot at Sassuolo. If you want to be a big side you need to score goals. The players are always focused, but sometimes we need to understand the danger, we need to be on point when defending, and even more against Juventus we need to be mentally fully focused - we cannot make mistakes."

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