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Preview: Juventus v Malmö

Massimiliano Allegri is targeting the last eight as a minimum for Juventus, but with the Serie A season just under way he is wary of a Malmö FF side in full flow.

Massimiliano Allegri faces the media on Monday
Massimiliano Allegri faces the media on Monday ©AFP/Getty Images

Massimiliano Allegri says Juventus should aim for at least the quarter-finals
The Bianconeri will be without Andrea Pirlo, Arturo Vidal and banned Roberto Pereyra
Juve face Malmö having won both their Serie A games this season without conceding
Malmö boss Åge Hareide says Juventus will see this as their easiest fixture in Group A
Hareide expects the Swedish champions will finish the match strongly

Possible lineups
Juventus: Buffon; Caceres, Bonucci, Chiellini; Lichtsteiner, Marchisio, Pogba, Asamoah, Evra; Tevez, Llorente.
Out: Roberto Pereyra (suspended), Arturo Vidal (right thigh), Andrea Pirlo (hip)
Doubtful: Giorgio Chiellini (calf)

Malmö: Olsen; Tinnerholm, Johansson, Halsti, Helander, Konate; Eriksson, Adu, Forsberg: Thelin, Rosenberg.
Out: Simon Thern (broken fibula), Ricardinho (knee)

Massimiliano Allegri, Juventus coach
Our group may seem straighforward, but it was the same last year and Juve were eliminated, so that shows it's not easy to get through the group stage. Malmö are certainly ahead of us in terms of their condition. They are also well-organised, so we're going to have to be very careful and secure in defence.

Juve have a side competitive enough to go far in the league and in Europe. We know it's very hard to win in Europe, but nothing is impossible. The main objective is to have the whole squad available to keep a high level in all our games, to try to get results in the league and in the Champions League.

I've found a group of lads who, after three years of success in Italy, know it's going to be a hard year, much harder than the previous three. They have accepted this and we're playing pretty well, I think. We've got room for improvement still, particularly individually, and if the players improve then the team improves.

Juve were knocked out in the group stage, but they played well last year. Sometimes you don't get what you deserve in Europe, but Juve are a great side and they need to aim to get into the last eight. However, the goal for now is to get through the group and we've got to be serene and understand that European games are different from those in Serie A.

Åge Hareide, Malmö coach
We have to have the objective of doing as well as we can. Juventus have only just started their season and this could be an advantage for us. We've seen them play and we noticed that they were a bit tired towards the end against Udinese [on Saturday]. We are already used to playing three games a week. We've got to try to do our best, and then maybe we have a chance. We've got two of the best forwards in Swedish football and this could help us.

Malmö celebrate their play-off win
Malmö celebrate their play-off win©Getty Images

Juventus will be thinking this is the easiest fixture for them in the group, that the Olympiacos and Atlético de Madrid games will be their hardest. So we're here to try and cause them problems. If you want to be a good player, you've got to know how to play in different positions and Malmö's idea of football is teamwork, as we showed against Salzburg. We don't want to get stressed about things; we want to take our chances.

Weekend results
Juventus 2-0 Udinese Calcio (Tévez 8, Marchisio 75)
BK Häcken 3-3 Malmö (Simon Gustafsson 5, Thorvaldsson 18, Sam Gustafsson; Forsberg 11 53, Thelin 56)

Form guide (all competitions)
Juventus: WW
Malmö: DLWWLD

Match facts
• Which of Malmö's Swedish midfielders was born in Italy while his father was playing there for SSC Napoli? Find out in our extensive match background.