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Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri is ready for another stern test against Bologna on Wednesday as his side bid for a sixth straight Serie A win.

The Bianconeri left it late to notch win number five at Frosinone on Sunday to stay three points clear at the top of the table.

Late goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Federico Bernardeschi broke Frosinone’s resistance and Allegri expects Bologna to be just as dogged.

“Frosinone closed with the passage of time, but we did well, playing with patience and lucidity to bring the ball into the (penalty) area, where you create more opportunities,” Allegri told a press conference.

“(On Wednesday) we play against a team that comes from a good victory against Roma and, even when they lose, they always know how to suffer and stay in the race.

“(Bologna manager) Filippo Inzaghi is very good at keeping his team focused. That said, Juve will have to get used to continuing to win – this is the most important thing.”

Allegri said he was likely to start with Ronaldo and Paulo Dybala up front again, with Blaise Matuidi recalled to midfield, while Mattia Perin will replace Wojciech Szczesny in goal and defender Giorgio Chiellini will be rested.

Bologna snapped their four-game winless start to the season with a 2-0 home victory against Roma on Sunday.

“We will start 11 against 11, with a clear mind,” Inzaghi told a press conference. “The team will have to play a great match.

“It seemed impossible even against Roma and (on Wednesday) we will face probably the strongest team in Europe.

“It will be a good opportunity for the younger players to play in such an important stadium.”

World Cup winner Inzaghi replaced the sacked Roberto Donadoni in July after failing to guide Venezia to promotion via the Serie B play-offs, but lost three of his first four games before Sunday’s success.

“I was confident before and I’m confident now,” the former AC Milan striker added. “For me nothing changes.

“We have to continue on this path, a positive performance is not enough, we have to give continuity to our work.”


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