Sunday April 21 2019
Allegri: 'Juve target another Scudetto'

Massimiliano Allegri won’t relish his records until after he’s retired, but reiterates “next season the main Juventus objective is again the Scudetto.”

The 2-1 win over Fiorentina on Saturday sealed Juve’s historic eighth consecutive Scudetto, but it also made Allegri the first Coach ever to oversee five straight Serie A titles.

Adding the one he celebrated with Milan, he is the second most successful Coach in Serie A history after Giovanni Trapattoni’s seven.

“I haven’t thought about all this yet, maybe I will do in a few years once I’ve retired. Then I’ll look back and perhaps realise I’ve done some good things in my career,” he said in a Press conference.

“I am enjoying myself, criticism is part of the job and add extra motivation. I improved by trying to keep up with the best and I never criticised other people’s work. Everyone has their methods, the important thing is to achieve objectives.

“I don’t have the key to the truth of how football works, I just know that in football I’ve worked with many great Coaches who won a great deal. I tried to learn from them and pay close attention.

“That’s a benefit of my unimpressive playing career, that I had Coaches who taught me a great deal and now that I am a Coach, I am able to look back and re-evaluate some of their decisions.”

Juve crashed out of the Champions League at the quarter-final stage to Ajax, but Allegri is adamant he won’t stray from the usual routine.

“Next season the main objective is again the Scudetto. We’ll be up against the Milan clubs, who are improving, while Napoli are also growing. Roma and Lazio could strengthen over the summer.

“There’s no point enacting a revolution. We have to improve the quality of our football and learn how to deal with unexpected events better, because those moments can change a tournament.

“We will meet with the club when they want and analyse what didn’t work this season. I might try a few players in different roles, which I already did recently using Emre Can as a third centre-back, Federico Bernardeschi and Juan Cuadrado in a three-man midfield, as I am curious to see how they do.

“I also tried Alex Sandro as a centre-back,” he said in a Press conference. “Paulo Dybala had a good season, especially up until January, because it was not easy to play along with Cristiano Ronaldo and Mario Mandzukic. I am happy with what he’s done. Clearly, with Ronaldo by your side, you will play differently.

“Ultimately, Juve had moments in the campaign where a mistake would ruin everything. In those key moments, Juventus did not get it wrong.”

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