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Allegri targets Coppa Italia final spot

Massimiliano Allegri: Preparing Juventus to take on Fiorentina

After Juventus were defeated 2-1 by Fiorentina in the first leg of the Italian Coppa Italia semi-final tie, the Bianconeri are looking to pull out all the stops in the second leg on Tuesday at the Stadio Artemio Franchi after handing over the Vincenzo Montella’s men a win at the Juventus Stadium, their first home defeat of the year.

With Juve being dominant in the Italian Serie A all season so far, Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri told the Italian press: “We have the duty to believe it is possible.”

“In football anything is possible.”

“We have a disadvantage and we have to go into this game in the best possible way in order to give ourselves a chance.”

“Fiorentina are playing really well and it will not be easy but we believe we can do it.”

“It has been a long time since our club last won the Coppa.”

The Turin outfit have not lifted the Coppa Italia since 1995, while the Florence side last lifted the trophy in 2001.

The reigning Italian top flight champions come into the match following Saturday’s 2-0 league win over Empoli, which was Allegri’s men’s fifth straight win in all competitions.

Juve, who are through to the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions’ League, are well on course to achieving a fourth straight Scudetto and their first under Allegri.

The current league-leaders are 14 points clear of second-placed Roma at the top of the Serie A table and 21 ahead of fourth-placed Fiorentina with nine games remaining this season.

Fiorentina, on the other hand, who take on Dynamo Kiev in the quarter-finals of the UEFA Europa League later this month, head into the second leg in good spirits after a 2-0 home league win over Sampdoria on Saturday.

“I’m really proud of the performance of my players against Samp,” Montella said.

“Now we must focus on another difficult test against Juve.”

One player Juve will have to look out for is Fiorentina’s in-form winger Mohamed Salah, who scored in the win over Sampdoria.

The Egyptian winger scored both of Fiorentina’s goals in the first leg win, and Juve will be looking to be keeping an eye on him.

Juve will be bolstered by the return of midfielder Claudio Marchisio, who is now back after a knee problem, however fellow midfield men Andrea Pirlo and Paul Pogba are still out injured.

In the other semi-final of the Coppa Italia, Napoli take on Lazio at the Stadio San Paolo on Wednesday with the score level at 1-1 from the first leg.

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