Max Allegri explained that Juventus will need a great performance against six-time Europa League winners Sevilla when they host them this evening. The Bianconeri are bidding to make it to the final of the latest iteration of the cup for the first time in their history, but will face a tough encounter against the competition record-holders. Speaking ahead of the game, Allegri highlighted the importance of the upcoming three weeks and pointed to Sevilla’s experience in this competition but insisted Juve have matured through the tough season they’ve faced, and matured along the way:
“Sevilla have won the Europa League four times and the UEFA Cup twice – they’ve got bags of experience and never lie down. We’ll need to put on a great performance.
“We’ve matured so much this year and we’ve come through the experience stronger. We now have four league games left as well as these two legs of the semi-final. We need to do what we’ve always talked about: give everything on the pitch and see where that takes us.
“The whole squad will be important tomorrow, especially those coming off the bench, just like in Bergamo. We need to show the same approach as in our last couple of matches by respecting our opponents and exploiting their weaknesses. Recent training sessions have been a real pleasure. We head into the tie with a buzz about us.
“Ángel [Di María] knows exactly what’s needed of him tomorrow. When the result matters, he’s always come to the fore and his career speaks for itself. [Arkadiusz] Milik is so cool-headed. I’ve been surprised by him as a person. Bremer won’t play tomorrow due to a strain. The rest of the players are fine.
“Juventus have played in two European finals in recent years and we want to reach this one too. The three most important weeks of all lie ahead of us now.”