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Massimiliano Allegri on Inzaghi, the title race and Pirlo's return


Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri has joined Filippo Inzaghi in downplaying the incident that was reported in the media two years ago.

According to Italian media, Allegri was upset after Inzaghi asked him not to disturb the youth team's training session.

But the two both agree that the incident belongs to the past.

"No, absolutely [there is no problem between us]," Allegri said on Friday.

"In respect to our professional careers Filippo and I wrote two complete different stories.

"He was a great champion, won all there was to win as a player so my career as a player cannot be compared to his, not even a part of it.

"In respect to our coaching careers, I started way before he did, I started with small teams and thanks to positive results I ended up coaching Milan and Juventus after three years at Cagliari in the Serie A.

"He was lucky enough to coach Milan straight away, which is like home for him.

"I wish him all the best, starting on Sunday because tomorrow I want to win."

Allegri had no option but to rotate his players over the last two weeks as he awaits the return of Andrea Pirlo in midfield.

"[Kwadwo] Asamoah came back from international duty and missed the game against Udinese so Evra played for the first time," explained Allegri.

"[Roberto] Pereyra was suspended for Tuesday's game so he will be back for tomorrow.

"[Kingsley] Coman featured against Verona and was also involved in other games. [Giorgio] Chiellini missed the first two games but featured in the Champions League so in a way I'm already rotating players."

"But it's normal, especially for players like [Alvaro] Morata who skipped pre-season. Time is needed to reach the best possible fitness level so he will be slowly integrated in the team.

"For now we focus on having [Arturo] Vidal back and next week it will be Andrea's [Pirlo] turn because Andrea is a player who adds quality to the team so we hope to have him back as soon as possible."

Together with Roma, Juventus and Milan lead the table with six points and the Giallorossi will be hoping for a draw to open a small gap at the top of the Serie A table.

"We already knew how strong Roma is, way before Wednesday's 5-1 win over CSKA", Allegri said on the title race.

"They are strong, they did well in the transfer market so they will fight for the title.

"So will Internazionale, they also did well in the summer. So will Napoli, winners yesterday in the Europa League, and Milan.

"As I said before it will be a close race, closer than last season."

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