Allegri: Verona won't be pushovers again

The coach has demanded his players return to winning ways at home in Serie A, having drawn the last two matches in Turin, but says Arturo Vidal's unlikely to be ready
Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri has warned his team not to underestimate Hellas Verona on Sunday, despite having thrashed them in midweek.

Italian champions Juve demolished Alberto Mandorlini's side 6-1 in the Coppa Italia on Thursday, but coach Allegri expects a totally different game this weekend.

"Don't kid yourselves that Verona will play the same way - they'll be much more careful and won't allow us many chances," Allegri said at his pre-match media briefing on Saturday.

"We cannot think this is going to be an easy game, especially considering how important it is in the overall big picture.

"In the second half of the season we must make as few mistakes as possible, because there's less and less time to make up lost ground.

"We are three points in front of Roma, but it's not enough. From now to the end, if we're going to win the Scudetto, then we need a lot of victories.

"We also have to hope Roma drop points at Palermo, but whatever happens I remain convinced the title will be decided in the final rounds."

Allegri made eight changes for the midweek win and intends to bring back his regular first-teamers for the league match, but Arturo Vidal (fever) and Angelo Ogbonna (ankle) are doubts.

The ex-AC Milan boss added: "We'll bring back a few players who didn't play on Thursday. I've got options on the bench as well.

"Vidal's a lot better. He'll be discharged from hospital today and perhaps we'll see him out training.

"It’s unlikely he'll be available tomorrow, but he wants to make himself available, even if he's on antibiotics. We'll sit down with the doctors and medical staff and discuss his condition today.

"Ogbonna's ankle was badly twisted, we'll see today if he'll be fit."