Wednesday June 13 2018
Allegri: ‘Luck needed in CL’

Juventus Coach Massimiliano Allegri points out “you also need a bit of luck” to win the Champions League.

The Bianconeri have been to the final twice under the Tuscan tactician, but lost to Barcelona in 2015 and Real Madrid in 2017.

“In the last 11 years, Real have won four times, Barça have won four times and then there’s one each for Inter, Bayern Munich and Chelsea,” Allegri pointed out in an interview with Sky.

“In those past 11 years [Cristiano] Ronaldo has been top scorer six times, [Lionel] Messi five times, and the Ballon d’Or has been shared between them.

“Getting to finals and and interrupting these stats is difficult. Juventus have tried, in the past four years we’re the only team to have eliminated Real Madrid, the other three times they played the final and it was impossible.

“One time we got Real in the final and lost, the other we got Barcelona and we lost. It was difficult to win, and you also need a bit of luck to win finals. Maybe next year will be the good time.”

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“The lads did well to react and get to the end in the best way after that match we lost at home to Napoli, particularly on a psychological level to keep the pressure off and play an important game against Inter in Milan right away.”

The Coach was then asked if next season could be Paulo Dybala’s year, and if he’d build the team around La Joya.

“It’s not Dybala’s year,” Allegri shrugged.

“I think Dybala has done a lot for Juventus, he’s grown a lot and then this year he had a transitional moment in the middle of the season because he struggled with the comparisons to Messi.

“He’s already at a great level but he can become even better than he is, doing what only he can do and not comparing himself with the best player in the world right now.”

Allegri has always affirmed his faith in the Juventus directors, but would he be angry if Gonzalo Higuain came back from the World Cup and said he wanted to leave?

“No, Juventus has a great strength and that’s satisfying players who want to leave. Players are the basis of everything, but there’s a solid club and to hold a player against his will is harmful, so we’ll wait.

“We’ll see, and when the World Cup is on the transfer market always develops after the tournament.

“Now we’ll go on holiday, the club will think about the transfer market, and we’ll see from July 9 onward.”

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