Chelsea game is all or nothing for Juventus, says Alessio

Stefan Coerts

Juventus assistant coach Angelo Alessio has insisted the Serie A champion cannot afford to drop points in Tuesday's Champions League match at home against Chelsea if it is to survive the group stages.

The Bianconeri currently sit third in Group E with six points from four games, trailing their opponents by one point, and Alessio realizes only a win will do if they have any chance of making it to the round of 16.

"We know, without beating about the bush, that it's all or nothing and we want to go through. We will take to the field with our customary determination and will to win," Alessio said at a press conference.

"They are the European champions, have strengthened with three or four good players, so they need to be respected as a team.

"At the same time, we know how strong we are and we will be playing them on an equal footing.

"If we do well, we can go through, if we are not so good, we will play in the Europa League, but we know we have achieved something already."

Tuesday's encounter is scheduled to kick off at 2:45 p.m. ET.

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