Saturday March 16 2019
Matuidi: 'Allegri great man-manager'

Blaise Matuidi praised Juventus Coach Max Allegri for his man-management skills, Cristiano Ronaldo’s work ethic and explained his goal celebration.

The Bianconeri are 18 points clear at the top of the Serie A table and will face Ajax in the Champions League quarter-finals after overturning a 2-0 deficit against Atletico Madrid.

“Every Coach has his philosophy and Allegri has his,” the World Cup winner told DAZN Italia.

“He is really good at the man-management part of the job, dealing with the players as men, but also very strong on a tactical level.

“We know Juventus have a dressing room packed with top players and Allegri is able to handle all of them. When you know how to handle champions, it means you are a great Coach.”

The squad was bolstered this season by Cristiano Ronaldo, whose hat-trick crushed Atletico Madrid this week.

“We are happy with what he’s doing, we enjoy playing with him and hope he can continue like this,” added Matuidi.

“He put in an incredible performance against Atletico, but I think he really shows how exceptional he is in his daily training. It surprises me every day, because he works harder than anyone, and I think that makes the difference.

“At the end of the day, it makes you think he worked his way to the top.”

Matuidi has a particular goal celebration and explained where it comes from.

“It is the emblem of those who grew up with nothing. When I played in France, there was a singer who made this celebration famous and made this movement in the video that also referenced my name in the lyric, Matuidi Charo. Charognard means vulture, a creature who never gives in, and I think that’s a similar image to my football.

“From that moment on, I started celebrating that way and the kids like to copy. My son adores it too, so I keep it going for him.”