Massimiliano Allegri has warned his Juventus side that they are not in the Champions League final yet as they prepare for the second leg of their semifinal tie with Monaco on Tuesday night.
The Bianconeri have a 2-0 advantage from the first leg in the principality last week, but the Juve coach has warned his side not to be complacent. They must finish the job at the Juventus Stadium before they can make plans for a trip to Cardiff in June.
“We must not think that we are through because of the result of the first leg — we must treat this like a single knockout match,” Allegri said. “We need to try to emerge with a positive result from this game and that means taking the right approach and attacking Monaco.”
Juve can clinch the Serie A title at the weekend by beating Roma and there is a risk that they are already looking ahead to that game. That too would be a mistake, according to Allegri, who knows this is the most important seven days of his side’s season so far.
“We’re in good form but there is a month to go to the end of the season and we have only reached one of our objectives so far, and that is the final of the Coppa Italia,” he said. “Now we’ve got to think about Monaco and then, the day after tomorrow, we will think about the Roma match.”
Allegri is set to name his usual four-man attack with Gonzalo Higuain, Mario Mandzukic, Paulo Dybala and Juan Cuadrado all set to start. Higuain appeared to pick up a knock in training on Monday, but Allegri has played that down by saying he “did not even notice” the Argentinian struggling.