Thursday February 20 2020
Allegri: 'No Champions League curse'

Max Allegri insists there’s “no such thing as a Champions League curse” for Juventus, because reaching the Final is already a victory.

The tactician reached the Final twice on the Bianconeri bench, losing 3-1 to Barcelona in 2015 and 4-1 to Real Madrid in 2017.

Juve have famously not won the trophy since beating Ajax on penalties in 1996.

“The main aim for me at both Milan and Juventus was to get through the group stage and challenge for the Champions League. There’s no such thing as a Champions League curse,” Allegri told France Press.

“Reaching the Final is already a great event. It’s like going to the Superbowl, that is the ultimate goal, then you can either win or lose on the day, but you are facing the best.

“In those two seasons, we lost to Real Madrid and Barcelona, who at that time were the strongest teams in the world. We had more of a chance of winning the first match than the second, but the fact remains, there is no Champions League curse.”

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