Allegri backs Szczesny for Juventus against Malmo

Max Allegri again backs goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny and wants Juventus to ‘be a united squad’ against Malmo in the Champions League tonight.

It kicks off in Sweden at 20.00 UK time (19.00 GMT).

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“We have to play a game that is technically precise, as this will be an important match and we will try to bring home a positive result that would allow us to start well in this group,” Allegri told Sport Mediaset.

There have been calls for Juve to drop Szczesny following a series of howlers both last season and in the current campaign, with Mattia Perin ready to step in.

“Szczesny is fine. He had made a great save five minutes before the error against Napoli, so these things can happen. We have to accept that, work hard and put in a great technical performance this evening.”

Paulo Dybala is leading the way, having missed the trip to Napoli on Saturday along with the other South American players who returned late from international duty.

“I expect a great performance from everyone. We need to be a united squad, because Malmo are a very physical side,” added the coach.

The Bianconeri have just one point from three Serie A games so far this season and are still waiting for their first victory in the new Allegri era.

“Victories help everyone see things differently, so we need a win tonight.”