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Allegri: Pogba will probably face Madrid


The France international only made his comeback at the weekend but is set to start at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri has revealed that fit-again midfielder Paul Pogba will "probably" play against Real Madrid on Wednesday.

The France international had been out of action with a hamstring problem for just under two months when he made a goalscoring return to action in Saturday's Serie A draw with Cagliari.

The 22-year-old played just an hour of the game in Turin and there was some doubt over whether he would be risked from the start against Madrid.

However, Allegri has confirmed that Pogba is being considered for the crunch clash at the Santiago Bernabeu, with Juve 2-1 up after last week's first leg.

"Paul is okay and will probably play," the Bianconeri boss told reporters on Tuesday.

"He is an amazing player. He has played very well this season and has scored important goals in the Champions League."

Madrid's hopes of winning La Liga took a massive blow at the weekend, as they were held to a 2-2 draw at home to Valencia that allowed leaders Barcelona to move four points clear with just two rounds of the season remaining.

There has been a major inquest in the Spanish capital into Madrid's dip in form since the turn of the year but Allegri rubbished the suggestion that Juve are playing Los Blancos are precisely the right time.

"They are absolutely not in crisis," the former AC Milan boss added. "This is a side with great players and technique. At home they create much more than away and we need a great performance.

"We must play with a relaxed state of mind, because we’ve got the qualities to be here and we’ve proved that already.

"We have to be aware of our own strengths. We are here to play these 95 minutes to reach the final.

“This is the most important match of my career, as it doesn’t happen every day to be in a Champions League semi-final. Now we are here and we believe that we can get to Berlin.”

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