Allegri: ‘Injuries? Calculated risks’

Max Allegri claims injuries are 'a calculated risk' and warns Juventus 'not to lose focus now'.

The Bianconeri play Sampdoria tomorrow at 16:00 UK time in a game that is virtually meaningless for them, as they have already won the Scudetto.

But in light of the Coppa Italia final on May 21, Allegri has to confront the risk of injuries.

“Yesterday we spent all evening discussing the matter of injuries,” Allegri told the Press. “We had more than we did last year, and a lot of trouble with calf muscles.

“[Sami] Khedira always suffered this type of problem but this year he played 25 matches – 20 in Serie A, four in the Champions League and one in the Coppa Italia – and he did well, because he's a skilled player.

“Next year we'll have to handle him better but I'm pleased with what he's done.

“Morata took a knock in the last game, causing him an ematoma that ruled him out against Verona. But he's been working with the team for two days now and he'll be available tomorrow and for the final.

“Obviously not every year is the same. Last season we started a bit late and had the Supercoppa followed by three weeks of hard work. So we took a few risks that ended up causing a number of injuries.

“But calculated risks are necessary. I'd rather have 20 injured players and come first than no injuries and come second, third, fourth, fifth.

“We must improve on this year's work. Last season we had a completely different program and we were able to train for six weeks.

“Players age too, and their life conditions change. Psychological stress plays its part. We'll always have some injuries.


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