Allegri cautious of Inter’s injury woes and downward spiral

    Massimiliano Allegri insists Juventus will not underestimate Inter despite the Nerazzurri being in freefall.

    The two teams will meet on Tuesday in the first leg of the Coppa Italia semi-final, less than three weeks after their last meeting in Serie A.

    In this case, a goal from Filip Kostic helped Juventus to a 1-0 win in a vicious match that saw both sides finish with 10 players on the pitch.

    This result contributed to a four-game winless streak for Inter, but despite their problems, Allegri still sees Simone Inzaghi’s team as a serious threat.

    “It’s a different competition, but it’s always Juventus (against) Inter,” he said. “We have to create conditions for qualifying.

    “This is not an easy game. Inter remains a strong side, regardless of the moment (he is in the game). In fact, it is at these moments that we must pay attention.

    “Too much praise for Juventus can cause us to lose touch with reality. We are opposed by a strong team, physically and technically. They’ve lost a few games (but) we need to be careful.”

    As for Inzaghi, who led Lazio and Inter to Coppa Italia and Supercoppa Italiana titles as a manager, Allegri believes his track record speaks for itself.

    “I think Inzaghi is doing a great job,” he added. Inter is a strong team no matter the moment. It is dangerous to face these teams now. We have to be fully focused.”

    Allegri confirmed the availability of Federico Chiesa and gave positive information about the ongoing recovery of Paul Pogba.

    “(Chiesa) is available. He had his knee checked in Austria. He has inflammation of the tendons, but he feels better, and he will get better. He is available and he will go to the bench.

    “Paul Pogba has partially trained with the team. From Wednesday, he will stay more with the team and work on improving his form.”

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