Allegri: Juventus need to improve before Champions League final

Allegri: Juventus need to improve before Champions League final


Massimiliano Allegri believes there are still improvements to be made among his Juventus side if they wish to succeed in next month’s Champions League final.

A 2-1 win in the second leg of the semi-final tie against Monaco saw the Bianconeri book a spot in Cardiff, with goals from Mario Mandzukic and Dani Alves rounding out a 4-1 aggregate scoreline.

Awaiting either Real Madrid or Atletico though and coming into a critical time of their domestic season, Allegri says that his players will have to push to an even higher level in order to lift the club’s third Champions League trophy.

“Juventus have a very good chance of winning the Champions League this season but we need to play even better,” he told the Juventus website.

“We have a month to work on improving and we must not forget that we have some very important games before then.

“We need a point at Roma on Sunday, otherwise we’ll have to beat Crotone to win the Scudetto. We must remain alert and fully focused at all times.

“I’m delighted with my players and what they’ve achieved this year. It wasn’t easy to go on the sort of run we’ve had in the Champions League.

“Now we’ve reached the crunch phase of the season and we need to give things some serious thought tomorrow because we haven’t won anything yet.

“We have the league, the Coppa Italia and the Champions League – in that order – to think about.”

The 49-year-old has guided Juventus to the showpiece event twice in three years now, however, he claims that this is an illustration of the talent within the team, rather than his own individual achievement.

“I’m not interested in taking the credit. I do my job with enthusiasm. I’m interested in results and I’m able to achieve them because I have quality players to work with,” said Allegri.

“I love coaching and that allows me to go about my job calmly. When I start feeling stressed out and I’m not enjoying myself anymore, then I’ll stop.”