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Massimiliano Allegri on Atletico Madrid, warns against set-piece complacency


Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri says his players have to be extra careful from set-pieces when they face Atletico Madrid on Wednesday.

The Spaniards suffered a surprise defeat against Olympiakos two weeks ago and will be determined to open their account in Group A of the competition against the Italian reigning champions.

"The group I'm lucky enough to coach still has the hunger to win, it's in their DNA," Allegri told reporters on Tuesday.

"As for the Champions League, there's no need to set objectives, we have to do our best. Our first objective is to make it through the group stage then we'll see in March how good we are and how far we can go.

"Tomorrow's game will not be easy, it's complicated, they have incredible mental strength and play an intensive type of game.

"They also possess amazing individual skill and are strong from set-pieces; statistics show that they scored eleven goals in the league, eight of which came from set-pieces."

Asked if strikers Fernando Llorente and Alvaro Morata could both feature from the start, Allegri said: "They are different players.

"Llorente is a penalty-box type of player whilst Morata has the ability in finding space but he's young, he still has to grow, but I'm happy for how he played and for his goal on Saturday."

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