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'Napoli are like Barcelona' - Allegri welcomes perfect Champions League preparation for Juventus

Goal.com logo Goal.com 04-04-2017

Massimiliano Allegri sees Wednesday's Coppa Italia clash with Napoli as the perfect preparation for Juventus' Champions League tie against Barcelona as he feels the two are similar.

Juventus have a 3-1 lead from the first leg of the semi-final tie as they prepare to take on Napoli at the Stadio San Paolo for the second time in four days after recording a 1-1 draw in Serie A at the weekend.

"Napoli are a team that play in a similar way to Barcelona, making Wednesday's game an even more important test," said Allegri, whose side face Barca in the last eight of the Champions League this month.

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"We will need to score in order to be sure of reaching the Coppa Italia final.

"We want to reach our third straight final and we are in a great position to do so.

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"We are in a great position on all fronts with just a couple of months of the season left.

"Juventus have achieved a great deal in recent years. We have earned the respect of the rest of Europe."

Allegri plans to make a number of changes to his starting XI for the match as he looks to rest some key players.

"There could be seven or eight changes compared to Sunday's line-up. After all, we are playing every three days at present," he added.

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"Neto will definitely play, but I still need to decide about the others.

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"[Paulo] Dybala and [Juan] Cuadrado are both available.

"It is unlikely that [Mario] Mandzukic will play. Any one of Alex Sandro, [Stefano] Sturaro or Cuadrado could come in to replace Mario."

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