Allegri: Juventus would not have conceded “for a whole day” against Barcelona

Allegri: Juventus would not have conceded “for a whole day” against Barcelona


Max Allegri believes there was never a chance of his Juventus side conceding a goal in this morning’s Champions League draw with Barcelona.

A 0-0 scoreline saw the Bianconeri progress through to the semi-finals on aggregate, after recording a 3-0 victory on their home soil earlier in the month.

Having kept the menacing Barcelona attack under wraps for two matches, Allegri praised his defenders for expertly dealing with the pressure of playing at the Camp Nou.

“We have to compliment the lads for all they are doing this season. It’s a step forward, a deserved qualification against a top level opponent,” he said in a post-match interview with Mediaset Premium.

“We did very well defensively, less so in attack where we failed to make the most of very promising counter-attacks. We were under the normal amount of pressure here, but it was a decisive step on the road to Cardiff.

“Barcelona failing to score goals over two legs is almost unheard of. The lads need to realise that they can do even better and we are slowly improving.

“We mustn’t get ahead of ourselves, but it’s right to feel enthusiasm and tomorrow we need to focus on Serie A. Celebration?

“I am happy with what the lads are doing, but the key is not to maintain current form, instead aiming to improve it. Everyone was extraordinary tonight and when Andrea Barzagli came on it felt like we could’ve played for a whole day and not conceded.”

A four at the back system nullified the threats of the Blaugrana, while the likes of Gonzalo Higuain, Paulo Dybala and Mario Mandzukic also threatened on the break.

“The club has worked very well to bring in players of quality who had different characteristics and it was my job to put them in a position to give their best,” he added.