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Juventus must overcome anxiety in Maccabi Haifa clash, Allegri warns

Massimiliano Allegri
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The Bianconeri have struggled to bounce back from their poor start to the season.

Massimiliano Allegri has urged Juventus to stay calm ahead of their crunch Champions League match against Maccabi Haifa.

Juve come into the match after losing their first two games in the tournament against Paris Saint-Germain and Benfica.

The Bianconeri’s recent run has put Allegri’s job in danger, with the rumours of his possible sacking already circulating in the Italian media.

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However, the Italian boss believes his side should go into the ‘tough’ match with a clear head.

“We must win, but we don’t need anxiety,” the Juventus boss said. “One game does not solve all the problems. Hopefully, we’ll win.

“It’s not an easy game. Maccabi played well in Lisbon [a 2-0 loss to Benfica] and played an even match with PSG [a 3-1 loss]. They press high, and it’s going to be tough. We have to respect them.

“It’s useless to think about the other teams if we don’t win both games against Maccabi. Tomorrow is our most important Champions League game.”

Allegri’s side must host Milan in their next Serie A game on Saturday. The Juve manager says he might rotate a few players due to the congested schedule.