“Psychologically, we suffered a setback during our last match. . We can’t go back in time, but we can learn lessons from it. The lads have worked professionally and with intensity, something which hasn’t been easy given that the transfer market can have a destabilising effect. Nevertheless, we’ve trained well, so I’d like to thank the boys and my staff. We always try to improve and have analysed the goals. We regret not having got what would have been an important result in terms of this season’s objective. .
“ They had difficulties last time out not only because of injuries to players such as Chiellini, but also due to the way Atalanta went about things. We shouldn’t come into the match thinking that they’re experiencing problems – it must be clear to us that we’re facing a fantastic side. We need try to cause them problems and play the perfect match. In the first half the season, my team were one of the sides who caused them problems. We know how strong they are. They can sometimes give the impression that they’re struggling, only to then step it up. .
“Stulac will be back, both Rigoni and Sierralta will be missing as they look to get back to full fitness. Diakhatè will join up with the Primavera side to get some minutes under his belt. Their absences? . Chiellini and Bonucci have great qualities. Juventus are accustomed to winning and getting back on track after they’ve had a setback. We can’t allow ourselves to think it’ll be easier because they’ve got players missing.
“What happens in games has a big effect on the outcome. Atalanta profited from mistakes from individuals to take the lead, and it’s then difficult to come from behind. Juventus have excellent technical ability and it’ll be extremely difficult for us – we’re well aware of that. We need to do well when it comes to exploiting gaps. Bruno Alves? I’ve read some inaccurate things. It would have been a great opportunity for him, and this is something that demonstrates that nothing is impossible. He strongly believes in hard work.
“Am I happy with our dealings in the transfer market? A discussion did take place with the Sporting Director and the Club, but We need to go to Turin and enjoy ourselves, not forgetting where we were three years ago or even last year. We have to continue what we’re doing: we might have an off day, but we need to remember for what purpose and how this squad was put together. Would I take a point? If we play for the draw and wait for the 90 minutes to go by, we won’t get any kind of result. Our approach will be to try to go there and get the best result possible.
Who would I take from Juve? I don’t have to tell my players how strong and complete a player like Cristiano Ronaldo is. Instead, we analyse everything. They’ll start aggressively and will have the chance to get back on track at home. A single defeat doesn’t erase the strength of this team.”