JUVENTUS TO SHAKE UP STARTING LINE-UP FOLLOWING BARCA TRIUMPH
Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri is set to make major changes to his starting line-up for the Serie A match at Pescara on Saturday after the Italian champions’ famous victory over Barcelona.
The top-flight leaders are away to bottom-of-the-table Pescara in a key match, with Roma sitting only six points behind them with seven matches to play in the Scudetto race.
But with a trip to Camp Nou coming up next Wednesday and Juve on the brink of a Champions League semi-final spot after winning the first leg of their last-eight tie 3-0 in Turin, Allegri is ready to prioritise Europe.
“The lads entertained everyone in the stadium and got a good result,” Allegri said in his Barca post-match media conference.
“There were a lot of expectations around this side to see if they were up to a quarter-final. It was a psychological test and we got a big result.
“But there are 45 days to the end of the season. Right now we haven’t won the Scudetto, Coppa Italia or reached the Champions League semi-final.
“We must not get distracted from the reality of the situation because now we have to prepare for Pescara and ensure we win the Scudetto.
“Fortunately I have a big squad and the decisive figures may well be those who didn’t play this game.
“Barcelona put six past Paris Saint-Germain, so we know we have a difficult task in the second leg.”