Friday February 21 2020
Allegri: 'No clear CL favourite'

Former Juventus coach Max Allegri says he doesn’t “see any clear favourite” for the Champions League this season and Cristiano Ronaldo is “incredible on a mental level.”

Allegri was in France for the presentation of his new book and spoke about his old club.

The Tuscan coached Cristiano Ronaldo in his first season at Juventus, and spoke of his attitude.

“Ronaldo’s mentality level is an incredible example. He has won five Ballon d’Ors, has a lot of money, but he always manages to establish objectives,” said Allegri at the event.

“To win you must be able to sacrifice and work. However, Ronaldo on his own isn’t stronger than Juventus.

“You need luck to win the Champions League, but also to lay the foundation to get to the top at the important moment.”

Allegri came close twice to winning the competition with Juventus, losing both finals to Barcelona in 2015 and Real Madrid two years later.

“This season I don’t see any favourites, there isn’t a team like the Real Madrid of three years ago.”

Allegri has taken a year sabbatical from the game following his decision to leave Juventus at the end of last season.

“A return to the bench? For now I am enjoying life with my family. In June I hope to find a team, we will see…”

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