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Max Allegri: ‘Di Maria won’t play’

Max Allegri has confirmed that winger Angel Di Maria is out of their Champions League match against Benfica. The Juve boss was speaking ahead of the Bianconeri’s match against the Portuguese side, and underlined the importance of getting a result from the match.

We’ll need a good performance and a result with a good performance. Playing against the Portuguese side is difficult, they’re dribblers. It’ll be complicated, we’ll need to be good, as a team, with compactness.

We know we have to create the conditions to become competitive for the Scudetto. It’s an important step, but not a decisive one.

We have to keep working, the season is different, in six weeks we stop for the World Cup. We have played seven games so far compared to three last year, everything is different.

What we have lost now we’ll have time to recover. How am I living the moment? I feel privileged. If they talk about us, I’m happy. I also came back for this. It’s part of the game, in Italy there is this way of criticising, of doing… but it’s also right, sometimes they go beyond the professional aspect.

But I respect everyone’s work, journalists’ work as it should be. In the end what counts is what has to be done on the pitch, the results.

Di Maria won’t be in the stands, on the pitch or on the bench. Only one training session with the team, he’s unlikely to play. He’s important.

In Paris we tried a 3-5-2 and it didn’t go well, then we changed and it went better. We started with a system of play and then we changed.

The evolution of the games must also be understood. We stay in the game, the game is a test for that too.

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