Treble-chasing Juventus need focus for Lazio in Cup final
Massimiliano Allegri has called for treble-chasing Juventus to make amends for failing to secure the Serie A title last weekend, by beating Lazio in the Italian Cup final on Wednesday. Juventus, who face Real Madrid in the Champions League final on June 3, needed just a point at Roma on Sunday to secure a record sixth consecutive Italian league title.
But a stunning 3-1 reverse has left the increasingly shaky Turin giants just four points ahead of Roma with two games remaining, adding unwelcome pressure ahead of their bid for a third successive league and Cup double and, in turn, an unprecedented club treble.
“It will serve us well because we have to get right back on our feet for Wednesday and then again for Crotone,” Allegri said at the Stadio Olimpico, where Lazio will be hoping for a similar result against the champions.
“I’m not worried. On the contrary, we have to remain focused on our objective and understand where we went wrong so we avoid the same mistake in future.
“It’s one step at a time: now, we’ve the Cup final, then we’ll concentrate on the league and, lastly, the Champions League.”
Juventus will claim an all-time Serie A record of six consecutive titles if they beat relegation threatened Crotone in Turin next Sunday. But, after losing shape, composure and ultimately the chance to celebrate securing the scudetto at the home of their arch rivals, the pressure is now on to make sure there is no repeat.
Winning a treble, seven years after Inter Milan achieved the feat under the helm of Jose Mourinho in 2010, has been Juve’s ambition all season.
But the pressure is beginning to tell. Juventus have drawn two and lost one of their last three league outings, shipping six goals in the process