NEWS
Friday September 13 2019
Allegri: Don’t regret Juve exit

Max Allegri ‘absolutely doesn’t regret’ leaving Juventus, believes Inter can win Serie A and reveals what it was like to coach Cristiano Ronaldo.

Allegri led Juve to five straight Scudetti in his five seasons at the helm but made way for Maurizio Sarri over the summer.

“I absolutely don’t regret the decision I made with Juventus. Things mustn’t be forced,” the 52-year-old told padovasport.tv.

“After five years, it was time to take a break. Perhaps the President had understood that before me.

“We came a long way, from when all kinds of vegetables were thrown at me in Vinovo...

“I still have a good relationship with Agnelli. We also spent some time together over the summer.

“He’s a young man with great views on European football. He’s doing everything he can to improve Italian football.”

The former Milan boss was then asked about Beppe Marotta’s Inter, managing Ronaldo for a season and his thoughts on Sarri.

“I won with him and without him at Juve. He’s built a strong team at Inter and he made a weighty choice with Conte. They can win the Scudetto.

“Ronaldo’s strength is mental: he’s 34 years old, he’s won Champions Leagues, the European Championship and Ballon d’Ors, yet he continues to give himself important stimuli, which make the difference.

“Technique is crucial to stay at high levels for many years, but the difference is made by the head and professionalism.

“Would I prefer to coach Ronaldo or a young talent? Ronaldo, without a doubt...

“I haven’t been watching Sarri’s Juve in secret but on TV. I’ve seen all their games, including a bit of Juventus-Napoli.

“Now that I’m out of work, I can finally enjoy games. When I was coaching, I never watched them back.”

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