Allegri to use Singapore encounter as Serie A preparation

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri has indicated that he will use Saturday's match against the Singapore Selection to run the rule over his players and decide on his best formation.

The Bianconeri are in Singapore for the third and final leg of their Asia-Pacific Tour, and will be returning to Turin after the game at the newly constructed Sports Hub on Saturday evening.

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They have already played two friendlies in the region earlier before touching down in Singapore on Thursday evening, defeating Indonesia Super League All Stars 8-1 and the A-League All Stars in a come from behind 3-2 win.

However, it is clear that Juventus remains a work in progress, especially with Allegri only a month into his stint with Juve following Antonio Conte’s sudden resignation.

“This is an important test,” Allegri said at a press conference held at the Sports Hub on Thursday evening.

“I want to give an equal opportunity to everyone. I also haven’t decided the formation, which is the important work we are doing here before we head back to Italy.

“I would like to continue to win with the team and I’m happy that the team are eager to work.”

Allegri also downplayed expectations of yet another Serie A title after three consecutive Scudetti.

“Juventus are coming from 3 fantastic years. However we are starting from zero now so it’s difficult to win a championship,” he said.

Club captain Gianluigi Buffon agreed with his coach's sentiments and cited the improvements from their nearest title challengers, although he felt that AC Milan would not be at their best this year.  

“Last year was an amazing season, but I see teams like AS Roma and Napoli getting stronger,” the Italy international said.

“They will be stronger this year and may even become the possible winners.

“However I feel Milan is on a different path. It’s year 0 for them, as it happened to us a few years ago.

While Buffon has won most titles on offer with Juve and the Italian National Team, Champions League honours still remain elusive.

And while he suggested it is not an particular target, the Juventus No. 1 revealed that it would be nice to win it before he hangs up his boots.

“The Champions League is not one of my obsessions but if I can get it, then I will try to get it with my team,” he said.

“I’m already in the latter stages of my career so if I am able to win it, it will be the icing on the cake to my career.”

Tickets to the Singapore Selection vs Juventus FC match are still available via SportsHubTix.