Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said on Friday the Turin derby was more challenging than the previous game against European champions Chelsea as he wanted to repair the damage after a faltering start to the Italian football league.
Allegri’s side scored an impressive 1-0 win over Chelsea in the Champions League mid-week, as a surprise after a poor start to the competition.
“It will be the game of your life in Turin. It is the top and they are preparing in the best possible way,” he told a press conference.
“We need to improve more from Wednesday’s game, and the game will be more difficult,” he added.
Juventus failed to win their first four league games for the first time in 60 years, then scored two consecutive wins against Spezia and Sampdoria to rise to the top half of the league table last week.
Juventus is eight points behind leaders Napoli and will visit Turin, which is ahead on goal difference and has started the season promisingly under the leadership of new coach Ivan Juric.
“Tomorrow we have to change our position in the table and give ourselves another boost,” Allegri added.
“Juric is doing a great job and it will be a difficult game and it will require patience. Turin is the team that has had the fewest shots this season.”
The victory over Chelsea came without an explicit striker, as Federico Chiesa started to attack in the absence of the injured Paulo Dybala and Alvaro Morata.
Allegri revealed goalkeeper Wojciech Steinsni and defender Giorgio Chiellini will line up against Torino, while Artur Melo and Caio Georgi may be on the bench after recovering from injury.
The coach did not see Wednesday’s game as the start of a new era for Juventus.
“It was not Allegri’s new Juventus and there were important absentees. On Wednesday we found out that Chiesa can play as a spearhead in certain matches,” he explained.
“Wednesday was fine, but tomorrow we will play another game and Torino will play one-on-one and we have to do our best.”