Allegri ignores Mourinho comments

The coach avoided being drawn on the Chelsea boss’s remarks regarding Oscar and Ramires, as well as the future of Paul Pogba

Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri declined the opportunity to respond to comments made by Jose Mourinho after being asked about the future of Paul Pogba on Saturday.

The Chelsea coach refused to rule out a move for the midfielder on Friday, but made a swipe at the Italian for publicly courting Oscar and Ramires during the summer.

“Mourinho’s words? It’s better to talk about our championship,” said Allegri.

Juventus face Udinese in their opening Serie A fixture on Sunday having lost three key players over the summer, with Carlos Tevez, Arturo Vidal and Andrea Pirlo all departing.

The likes of Paulo Dybala, Sami Khedira and Mario Mandzukic have arrived as the Bianconeri have sought to rebuild, but Allegri is expecting a closer title race than last season.

“The new season starts tomorrow and it will be a big one,” he continued.

“It’ll be a much tighter title race this season, everyone has strengthened. Milan, Inter, Roma and us are in race for Scudetto, it will be a more balanced tournament.

“Winning the Supercoppa was the perfect start to the new campaign, it’s given us a massive boost.”

Allegri also offered an update on the fitness of several of his players and spoke of his delight at securing another summer signing: “Morata will rejoin the squad on Monday, we’ll have a closer look at Mandzukic today.

“[Fernando] Llorente will be important for us again this year. He’s in good shape and he’s a player I trust. If we decide that Mandzukic isn’t fit for tomorrow, Fernando is definitely in my plans. Chiellini will be available tomorrow.

“We’re delighted with the arrival of Alex Sandro, tomorrow he’ll be on the bench. Isla? He should stay with us.”

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