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Alessio: Chelsea game a 'must-win' for Juve

November 19, 2012
By Adam Digby, Italy Correspondent

Angelo Alessio says Juventus "will give as good as we get" when hosting European champions Chelsea on Tuesday night.

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PA PhotosAlessio has been in the Juventus dugout while head coach Antonio Conte serves his suspension

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The Serie A leaders go into the match knowing anything less than victory would make qualification for the knockout phase almost impossible and the stand-in coach – speaking at a press conference on Monday afternoon – is well aware of what awaits them at Juventus Stadium.

"We know it's a must-win game and we want to progress in this year's Champions League," Alessio said. "We'll be facing the champions and they've strengthened their ranks in the summer. They are opponents to be respected but we know what we've done to get to this point, we'll give as good as we get on the night."

The game sold out less than two hours after tickets were released for general sale last week and Alessio also passed on a message from the suspended Antonio Conte to fans attending the game.

The 47-year-old went on to say: "Antonio has told me to pass on his wish for a red-hot atmosphere at the stadium. We'll try and show the same desire to win as we did against Lazio on Saturday night [a 0-0 draw at the Juventus Stadium], looking to bury the chances that come our way."

"We'll be up against an excellent goalkeeper in [Petr] Cech but what matters as far as we're concerned is the ability to create opportunities."

Sat alongside Alessio at the media gathering was Claudio Marchisio and he too admitted just how difficult the game will be for Juventus before going on to point out how Chelsea rotated players this past weekend whilst the Bianconeri played a full strength team.

The midfielder said: "It's impossible to single out a player to fear, the group is their strength and this is precisely what led them to win last season's trophy. We've got great respect for Chelsea but we'll do all we can to go through. Tiredness won't be an issue. Such big games help you find added energy and anyone would want to be involved in them."

"The most important thing is to maintain the same desire displayed against Nordsjaelland, Pescara and Lazio. Granted, we didn't win the last game, but the attitude was spot on. We also hope to step out into a red-hot atmosphere at the stadium, because the help of our public is crucial."