Saturday July 20 2019
Allegri: ‘Luck matters in football’

Massimiliano Allegri emphasises the importance of luck in football, as he takes a sabbatical year following the end of his Juventus reign.

The Tuscan parted ways with the Bianconeri at the end of last season, having won five Scudetti in a row and also delivered three Coppe Italia and reached the Champions League final twice.

He’ll now take a year off before returning to the bench, and is spending time in his hometown of Livorno.

“Before dissolving things with Juventus, I came home for three days,” Allegri explained to

“It was the sea which showed me the right route to take.”

The Coach was also asked about the importance of luck in football, a subject he was happy to delve into.

“After I’d had five defeats with Cagliari, we faced Milan on the sixth day. We played a great game, there’s no denying it, but in the 92nd minute the Rossoneri took a corner, Ambrosini got a touch on the ball and it only stayed out by a matter of centimetres.

“Conceding that goal could have meant being sacked, instead I remained in charge of the Sardinians and I took them to ninth place, which is still their best in the era of three points for a win.

“Years later a goal by [Rodney] Strasser against Cagliari was crucial to win the title at Milan, and in the second season at Juventus we managed to recover after a false start thanks to a Cuadrado goal scored in the second minute of extra-time in a derby.

“It’s better to be less good and lucky than to be the opposite of that.”

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