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Massimiliano Allegri on the Udinese game, denies Vidal fight


Coach Massimiliano Allegri expects a tough away game when Juventus face Udinese on Sunday.

Unbeaten for the last four games in all competitions, the Friulani are always dangerous at home and Allegri believes it is vital to take all three points ahead of a crucial part of the season.

"Tomorrow's game is a very difficult one," Allegri said.

"Winning away at Udinese is not easy. They also won away from home against Empoli last week. They defend well, they know how to attack the space and they have an exceptional player in [Antonio] Di Natale.

"So for us, considering where we are in the season, this is a game to approach with caution and with the objective to take all three points.

"But it will not be easy, especially because this is a crucial part of the season, crucial because we are slowly heading towards the game against Roma, which we want to approach in the best possible way.

"We have to keep hold of the gap we opened at the top of the table but many wins are needed to win the title."

Meanwhile, the Italian rubbished reports about a fight with midfielder Arturo Vidal.

"Fight between who? Between myself and [Arturo] Vidal? I was surprised to read about it on Tuttosport, I believe it was Tuttosport," Allegri explained.

"First of all the day after [the game] I didn't talk with the player because he was absent during training and that's because he had fitness issues to take care of.

"Also, during the game, he was substituted but then came back because he had to nurse a knee problem.

"Then granted, a player can be upset when substituted, it's part of the game, part of football. But no, there was no fight with Vidal simply because there was no need to clarify anything."

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