Match Preview: Juventus vs Atalanta

Juventus host Atalanta to the Allianz Stadium for their final home game of the 2018-19 Serie A campaign.

Cristiano Ronaldo will lift his first Serie A trophy, while Juventus will do so for the eighth consecutive time, as the Bianconeri are getting ready for a big title celebration tonight.

Atalanta is the last challenger for Juventus at the Allianz Stadium, as the champions are still undefeated at home in Serie A this season.

Gasperini’s boys travel to Turin on the back of a 2-0 defeat to Lazio in the Coppa Italia Final on Wednesday night.

However, they will have to forget it as quickly as possible, as La Dea chase a top-four finish, which will see them qualify for the Champions League for the first time in the history of the club.

Team news

Defenders Leonardo Bonucci and Daniele Rugani will return for Juventus after missing the 2-0 defeat to Roma in the previous round.

Brazilian winger Douglas Costa will miss out again though, alongside Sami Khedira and Mattia Perin, who also remain sidelined.

Atalanta travel to Turin without injured defender Rafael Toloi and Jose Luis Palomino who is suspended due to an accumulation of yellow cards.

Their head coach Gian Piero Gasperini however, doesn’t have any fresh injury concerns.

What did the managers say

Massimiliano Allegri will lead Juventus for the final time at the Allianz Stadium on Sunday night, as the Bainconeri have announced that the Italian manager will leave the club at the end of the season.

“I leave a winning group that has the potential to repeat its success in Italy and have another great Champions League campaign,” said Allegri via Sky Sports.

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“Unfortunately, some situations meant we couldn’t go all the way this season. We talked, expressed our ideas on what was best for Juventus and the future of Juventus. After that, the club evaluated it and decided it was best that I wouldn’t be the coach next season.

“The rapport with President Agnelli, directors [Pavel] Nedved and [Fabio] Paratici remains excellent. We’ve all grown together and the right moment has come to leave on the best terms.”

Gian Piero Gasperini says Atalanta is a mentally strong team, that hasn’t shown any fear of the challenges they faced this season.

“​Psychologically we are animals. We came out winners from this point of view: we gave up on the Italian Cup final because we have other goals, while for Lazio it was the last chance,” he said via Calcio Mercato.

“Now we play the points for the Europa League or the Champions League. We have been in a competitive trance for months and months, the calendar from January has presented us with challenges on two fronts and our strength has always been to keep the focus on the commitment on duty.

“Juventus won the championship and is celebrating. If we win, we could also reach third place, losing we would risk staying out of everything. But if the head is strong, the legs are also strong, no ailments, no accidents, we can do it.”

Stats

Juventus failed to beat Atalanta in their previous two meetings this season, drawing 2-2 in Seria A and suffering a 3-0 defeat in the Coppa Italia.

The Bianconeri are excellent at home in the league. They are still undefeated and have won 15 out of the 18 games they’ve played at the Allianz Arena.

Atalanta’s last defeat in Serie A came on February 23, away at Juventus’ cross-town rival Torino. They’ve noted eight wins and three draws in the 11 league games since then.

Max Allegri will leave Juventus after spending five years at the club. He has won five Serie A titles, four Coppa Italia trophies and reached the Champions League final twice, but lost 3-1 and 4-1 to Barcelona and Real Madrid respectively.

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