Allegri warns of Barca distraction

Massimiliano Allegri says Juventus can't afford to be distracted by Barcelona ahead of facing Chievo on Saturday.

The Serie A leaders have a massive Champions League quarter-final clash to prepare for on Tuesday but will need to be fully focused at the Juventus Stadium on Saturday to avoid being caught by second place-Roma.

Allegri's side are on 74 points with Roma on 68, with eight games left to play this season.

Speaking ahead of facing 11th-placed Chievo, he said: "Saturday’s is a really important match. We’ve only eight league games left until the end of the season, meaning it’s crucial that we pick up three points tomorrow night.

"We won’t be thinking about Barcelona until Sunday, because we can’t afford to slip up against Chievo, who are very well organised and experienced. We need to be on our toes throughout and make sure we avoid any lapses in concentration.

"Roma could reach 92 points this season, so we need at least 93 to be mathematically certain of sealing the Scudetto. Therefore, we’ve still got to win plenty more matches.”

He added: "What’s important is that we don’t fall into the trap of imagining what could happen at the end of the season.

"We need to be at the races, particularly against teams such as Chievo and, later in the month, Pescara and Genoa. These are three matches that could have a huge bearing on the Serie A title."

Apart from challenging for the league and in Europe, Juventus are also in the final of the Coppa Italia, and Allegri says he wants to win all three, and become "legends", with a six league win.

"Reaching the Coppa Italia final definitely acts as a psychological boost for us going into the final weeks of the campaign, but we must keep up the momentum.

"Our aim is to win all three competitions and we’ve the chance to become legends by lifting a sixth straight Scudetto title. We simply must not let this opportunity pass us by.”

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