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Alessio: Juve are focused

Angelo Alessio says Juventus must "play the way we know how" away to Shakhtar Donetsk as they go in search of the point that will guarantee qualification for the knockout stages of the Champions League.

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Wednesday's match will be his final game as stand-in coach as Antonio Conte returns from his ban on December 8 and, speaking at a pre-match press conference, took the opportunity to defend the side from Shakhtar boss Mircea Lucescu's claim that Juventus are "predictable".

He said: "We are very happy at Antonio's impending return but right now we are all exclusively focused on this match. You can say we're predictable but we create many scoring opportunities. In that case let's call Barcelona predictable as the same XI play pretty much all the time and everyone knows the style of football they propose, yet they are the best team of recent years.

"Lucescu's words remain just that: words. We are extremely concentrated on this match and absolutely want to reach the next round of the Champions League. We'll be facing the toughest side in the group, as they are the leaders, but we have improved and can get a result."

Sitting beside Alessio at the press conference was goalkeeper and captain Gianluigi Buffon, who was asked if the Bianconeri can win the Champions League this season.

"My view is that dreaming costs nothing but it's also true we have to be realistic," Buffon said. "There are undoubtedly three or four stronger teams out there for various reasons but, as I said three months ago before our first game at Stamford Bridge, we can give anyone a game."


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