The manager of Juventus, Massimiliano Allegri has declared that the club’s league game against Spezia is a must-win for his team that is battling to leave the relegation zone.
The Italian Serie A game which is scheduled to kick off at 17:30 on Wednesday, September 22, is Juventus’ 5th league game of the season.
In their first four games, Massimiliano Allegri and his boys recorded two draws and two defeats which means that they are yet to record any win since the club’s talisman, Cristiano Ronaldo left the club for Manchester United in August 2021.
The terrible form has pushed the team that ought to be a title contender to become a team that is struggling to escape relegation.
After four games, Massimiliano Allegri and his boys have recorded just two points which have helped them to remain on the 18th spot on the league table, 11 points away from first placed Inter Milan.
The team Juventus will face at the Alberto Picco stadium later tonight have recorded one win, one draw, and two defeats so far this season. They are sitting on the 14th spot, two points above Juventus.
Despite Spezia looking more likely to win or draw with Juventus later tonight, Massimiliano Allegri described the league game as a “relegation six-pointer” for his team which shows how important the game is for Juve.
The 36th time Italian Serie A champions are undergoing one of the club’s longest winless streaks that might become the worst in the club’s history if they draw or lose against lowly rated Spezia.
“Looking at the table right now, Spezia v Juventus is a relegation six-pointer”, Allegri said ahead of the league game.
“We need to be realistic, we can’t talk about our goals as it stands.”
Ahead of the must-win game, Massimiliano Allegri who helped Juventus to win four Serie A titles between 2015 and 2019 as the club’s coach before he was sacked, admitted that the current team is different from what he used to have.
Recall that the Italian coach returned to the club after Juventus lost their Serie A title-winning streak to Inter Milan last season. He was expected to return the club to winning ways this season.
“There’s no point talking about the past, this is a different Juventus team,” Allegri stressed.
On why he stormed down the tunnel ranting after Juventus’ 1-1 draw with AC Milan last weekend, Allegri added: “It is normal that I have a post-game outburst, as I am human.
🚨| #Allegri at the end of #JuveMilan literally fuming at his players saying: “Porca troia. E vogliono giocare nella Juve”.— Juventus Area (@juventus_area) September 20, 2021
This literally translates to: “holy sh**. And they want to play for Juve”.
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“Those who are on the bench must be decisive when they enter and approach the game. We cannot risk playing with 10 men.
“It is a sense of respect for those on the bench, how they must take responsibility. We must be ready. When I was younger they always told me that what matters is on the pitch.”