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Massimiliano Allegri on Monaco, their defence and injuries


Coach Massimiliano Allegri says Juventus have to be patient if they are to make it through to the semi-finals of the Champions League.

Impressive against Arsenal at the Emirates, Monaco will try to cause a second major upset in the competition and Allegri admits that his side have to be wary of the threat that the French giants pose ahead of tomorrow's game.

"It was a surprise [to see Monaco beat Arsenal] but I believe they fully deserve to be in the Last 8," Allegri said on Monday.

"In the group stage they eliminated Benfica and Zenit, they concede one goal in every six games, so they are quality.

"Also in France I believe they possess the best defensive department as they only conceded 22 goals, all this shows that they are very organised, the coach is good and clever so to qualify we have to play two very good games.

"Many say we're favourites [to make it through] but it will tough for us to reach the semi-finals if we don't approach the game with the same technical intensity and mental intensity showed against [Borussia] Dortmund.

"[The tie] will be more complicated [when compared to the Borussia Dortmund one] because when you play against a team that concedes so few goals, it becomes more complicated.

"And that's because you end up playing hit and hope, allowing the opposition to break on the counter.

"At Dortmund it was different, they had complete different characteristics so we have to be patient, we have to be humble enough to face a team incredibly strong at the back.

"As for [Andrea] Pirlo and [Andrea] Barzagli, they are improving. Andrea [Pirlo] played his last game 40-45 days ago and Barzagli suffered a muscular injury four days ago.

"I still have to decide if both of them will start, or only one of them or neither of them. I will decide in tomorrow's last training session.

"As for [Paul] Pogba playing the 2nd leg, I would say the chances are close to zero. But luckily I have other players in midfield who are more than capable of taking over, not with the same characteristics but in midfield we can still cope."

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