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Massimiliano Allegri on the Atalanta game and Andrea Barzagli's recovery


Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri has told his players they must forget the Champions League for now and focus on the Serie A.

The Bianconeri could only manage a draw away at Cesena last week and Allegri was not happy to drop points in the title race.

And the Italian says it is vital to take all three points when Juventus host Atalanta on Friday evening.

"How to approach tomorrow's game? We approach it knowing how important the three points are," Allegri said on Thursday morning.

"Lately it seems that we forgot that the Serie A is one of our objectives, as if we already won it. But this is not true.

"Fair enough, we have an important lead but there's still a long way to go so we have to take it one game at a time.

"Tomorrow we face Atalanta and only after that we will think about the Champions League game against Borussia [Dortmund].

"We didn't do well last week away at Cesena. I don't want to take anything away from them, they did what they had to do only that we failed to take all three points which were very important for us.

"So I'll start with the best possible line-up tomorrow, regardless of rotation, there's no rotation, it's a word that doesn't exist for me."

Asked to give an update on defender Andrea Barzagli, Allegri explained: "So, [Andrea] Barzagli is improving, let's say he's improving.

"I believe he's very close to be back but he still needs another training session. We have a friendly game scheduled next week to assess the players who will not feature in Europe, including Andrea."

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