MASSIMILIANO ALLEGRI expects a tough game against Juventus on Sunday night at the new Arena.
Juventus got off the new Serie A season on the right foot and their fans are already dreaming on the Scudetto, but on Sunday they have the first real test of the season as they host Reigning Champions Milan.
With Andrea Pirlo in the Bianconeri shirt this time, the Juventus Arena will be packed and the Rossoneri boss, Massimiliano Allegri is all set for the game and will also welcome Kevin-Prince Boateng back.
Allegri is reportedly a Juventus supporter: “Yeah, sure. As a child, when you fall in love with the teams that win. And in that Juve there was Platini, who had technique and brains,” Massimiliano told Tuttosport.
“Juventus had a good market, they have a squad that can fight for the title plus the advantage of playing once a week. [Antonio] Conte was so many years at Juve, and he was an important player. Comparisons between Conte and I? I don’t want to get into it. Conte did well in the past and he has great experience.”
All eyes will be on Pirlo who will play against his former team. Andrea has already played versus Milan with the Juventus shirt in the Luigi Berlusconi Trophy but this time it will be even more special for the Italian.
“Andrea is a great player, when he left Milan, he told the truth: after ten years in the same place, he no longer had the motivation that he had in the beginning, which is normal. Nobody has ever said he was finished and with me he had done well from the beginning and after he returned from injury,” Allegri added.
“They tell me the bench at the Juventus Arena is in the stands: that way if anyone wants to give me suggestions, I can hear them,” the boss said. “But I’d take the San Siro with 70,000 fans any day.”
Allegri can count on Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Antonio Cassano in attack, while Kevin-Prince Boateng is likely to be fit enough to play from the start as well. “Ibra affects us a lot because he has great technical and physical attributes. Last year he was crucial for us when we were not a team yet. Cassano was not overweight, but he has improved his physical condition and mentally he works well. Cassano is important.“
Max has done a great work at Milan, and he already won two major titles: the Serie A and the Italian Supercoppa. His contract, along with the contracts of many other players at Milan, expires in June 2012.
“My deal expiring in 2012? It’s true, I didn’t renew it yet: we have a verbal agreement, but we didn’t talk about money. The club makes the contract. I’m waiting for [Vice President Adriano] Galliani,” Allegri said.