Rome, Italy – Juventus are still not over their Champions League semi-final exit to Napoli but they are already looking to take on an even more difficult task of beating the reigning Serie A champions in their final game.
After a dominant 4-0 win over Lazio, which left the Rossoneri top of the table, Juve were the only team to come from behind to win at home for a second successive year and are confident of a fourth straight win over their rivals in the Champions League.
The Bianconeri will play host to Lazio on Thursday, who were beaten 4-2 by Inter Milan last weekend, but their Champions league chances are far from certain after the match ended 1-1 after only 15 minutes, with Andrea Pirlo’s goal saving a late penalty.
“The results are the same, the goals are the exact same.
It’s just a game, we’re winning.
I have a great team and we are doing well,” coach Massimiliano Allegri told reporters after the win.”
I can’t say anything negative.
We have to play with confidence, we’ve got to work, we can’t get complacent.
The first goal was a miracle and I am so happy.
It was a fantastic finish and I know the coach will be pleased with that.”
The win was Juve’s second straight in the competition, but it was the third in succession and the first for Allegri in charge of his side.
“In this competition, I think we are really close to the top,” he said.
“We have the same team and it’s going to be very difficult for us to beat them, but if we play well we can be sure to be in the top three.”
That’s what we have to do.
We are not afraid to give everything and we’re determined to do that.
“Juve have been in a slump since losing to AC Milan in the first leg of their last-16 tie at the Stadio Olimpico in April and have been without their captain for most of this season.
The club’s form has been disappointing, and they are in the Europa League, but Allegri said he still believes in his squad.”
It’s not a problem.
I think everyone has played well this season, but we have had a few problems,” he added.”
Every team has problems.
This team is very experienced.
We know that we can play against the best teams and we can score goals.
“Inter were looking for a repeat of their 1-0 victory over Napoli in the second leg in Rome, with Allegri being criticised for his side’s performance.
The result could also have an impact on Juventus’ Champions League ambitions, with the Bianconero having a game in hand to Monaco after their opening game.”
If we play the right way, we could win this game.””
This is not a very important match.
If we play the right way, we could win this game.”