Max Allegri spoke with the media after his side’s 3-0 victory against Sampdoria earlier today.

“I have to thank Miralem Pjanic, as his injury allowed me to make the change,” Allegri smiled on Mediaset Premium.

“Douglas Costa was meant to come on, not quite that early, but it was part of the plan. Samp play and defend centrally, so we had to spread them out and go round them with crosses from the flanks.

“We are absolutely not favourites for the Scudetto. I want to thank everyone today, because it’s not easy to win like this after such a draining experience as the Champions League.

“We played with focus, calm and intelligence. Then Pjanic did the rest! He just had a thigh twinge and it was best to come off.”

Max was asked what he thought of Benedikt Howedes’ performance?

“This was a difficult match. Unfortunately he had a horrible year with injuries, it wasn’t easy to find the right moment for him to play, but Stephan Lichtsteiner played 90 minutes in Madrid and needed a rest.”

Benedikt Howedes scored a scorching header in only his 2nd match for Juventus.

“Howedes has technique, he was first choice for Germany and scored a splendid goal. I am happy for him, he deserved it, as he is a lovely guy and waited so long.”

Juve are six points up on Napoli in the Scudetto race, after the Neopolitans were halted by Milan earlier today.

“Napoli are having a sensational campaign, they are still right up there and I think the next two games could be almost decisive for the Scudetto.”

Allegri was asked about his future once again.

“Maybe my words were misunderstood. I simply said that every March-April we meet to plan the future. I am happy here, I am fully in sync with the club. I go on vacation when the transfer window opens, as I trust the club completely.

“We still need to pick some objectives. If we don’t win the Scudetto and Coppa Italia, they might not still want me! We’ll talk it over the way we always do, every year, there’s no difference.”


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