Massimiliano Allegri, Juventus boss, wants to see his side focus again after Verona beat them in the middle of the week before their second game in three weeks’ time.
The manager warned that on Sunday, Juve should not think that they will flatten Verona again when they square off in Serie A.
On Thursday, Juve, who are the current Italian champions, gave Alberto Mandorlini’s side a 6-1 thrashing in the Coppa Italia, but this weekend coach Allegri is looking forward to a game that will be completely different.
“Don’t kid yourselves that Verona will play the same way – they’ll be much more careful and won’t allow us many chances,” said Allegri.
“We cannot think this is going to be an easy game, especially considering how important it is in the overall big picture.
“In the second half of the season we must make as few mistakes as possible, because there’s less and less time to make up lost ground.
“We are three points in front of Roma, but it’s not enough. From now to the end, if we’re going to win the Scudetto, then we need a lot of victories.
“We also have to hope Roma drop points at Palermo, but whatever happens I remain convinced the title will be decided in the final rounds.”
Eight changes were made by Allegri for the middle of the week, and for the league match he would like to see regular first-team players hit the field again. However, Angelo Ogbonna, who suffered an injury to the ankle, and, Arturo Vidal, who’s out with a fever, are doubtful for the meeting, something that many fans hope doesn’t set back the team for this upcoming clash.
The manager added: “We’ll bring back a few players who didn’t play on Thursday. I’ve got options on the bench as well.
“Vidal’s a lot better. He’ll be discharged from hospital today and perhaps we’ll see him out training.
“It’s unlikely he’ll be available tomorrow, but he wants to make himself available, even if he’s on antibiotics. We’ll sit down with the doctors and medical staff and discuss his condition today.
“Ogbonna’s ankle was badly twisted, we’ll see today if he’ll be fit.”
Juves’ fans and pay per head agents hope that these players make a very speedy recovery, and would like to see how their side will do in this upcoming game with Verona.