Allegri ‘confident’ ahead of Juventus’ match against Atletico

TURIN, ITALY - MARCH 08: Head coach Massimiliano Allegri of Juventus looks on during the Serie A match between Juventus and Udinese at Allianz Stadium on March 08, 2019 in Turin, Italy. (Photo by Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images)

Massimiliano Allegri is feeling “confident” over Juventus’ chances of pulling off a comeback against Atletico Madrid following Friday’s 4-1 win over Udinese.

The Bianconeri manager fielded a weakened line-up on Friday night at Turin with star player Cristiano Ronaldo being left as an unused substitute with Tuesday’s return leg in the Champions League against Atletico in mind.

Even without the Portuguese superstar, however, Juventus made light work of Udinese as 19-year-old Moise Kean superbly rose to the occasion in his first league start of the season.

The teenage forward took only 11 minutes to put Juventus ahead when he scored from Alex Sandro’s cross and later added second before the break.

Kean later won a penalty in the second half for Juventus, which former Liverpool midfielder Emre Can tuck away with Blaise Matuidi later heading in a fourth goal for the hosts.

Despite Kevin Lasagna grabbing a late consolation goal for Udinese, Juventus held on for a convincing 4-1 win and now sit 19 points at the top of the Serie A table for the time being.

“We had prepared well for this fixture and 75 points is a nice quota to have with 11 games remaining,” said Allegri on the club website.

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“Tonight, we were all going for goal, so therefore, those who have the ball has the solution.

“Kean? He did well. He is very good at attacking the door, he must improve his movements to dictate the passages and ball control. But he is young and will grow.”

Now the Italian’s focus lies with Tuesday’s visit of Atletico at Turin, where Juventus will need to mount a comeback from a 2-0 aggregate deficit if they are to reach the Champions League quarter-finals.

“It will be a different game and it will take more lucidity to progress,” said Allegri.

“We will have to be good in the last 25 meters, because they are tight and do not leave space in the middle, therefore, we will always be chasing the ‘second ball’, but I’m confident. We will be ready.”

Sandro will be suspended for Tuesday with Mattia De Sciglio unlikely to feature either due to injury.

This means that either Joao Cancelo, Leonardo Spinazzola or Martin Caceres will be expected to occupy the left-back position for Juventus in the game against Atletico.

TURIN, ITALY – MARCH 08: Moise Kean of Juventus celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Serie A match between Juventus and Udinese at Allianz Stadium on March 08, 2019 in Turin, Italy. (Photo by Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images)

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