Monday March 20 2017
Juve the new Euro normal

Max Allegri threw out the clichés by urging Juventus to treat Barcelona as any other game. Livio Caferoglu applauds this stance.

Having seen an arguably superior Juventus side lose 3-1 to Barcelona in the 2015 Champions League Final, Massimiliano Allegri had to choose his words carefully after Friday’s last-eight draw in Nyon. So when the Coach was pressed on the tie at a Press Conference for Sunday’s Serie A game against Sampdoria, he did just that.

“I want to point out, and this is the last thing, that Juventus playing Barcelona in the Champions League quarter-final is not an extraordinary event,” he remarked. “It has to be normal. We have been in this position fairly regularly of late, we were just unlucky last year to get Bayern Munich in the draw straight away.”

Little may have been made of it, but Allegri had pulled off a masterstroke. Not only did he distance the Bianconeri from the unwelcome distraction of revenge by merely not mentioning it, he also emphasised his team’s stature as a continental heavyweight. Indeed, Juve have now reached the quarter-finals of Europe’s elite club competition in three of the previous five campaigns.

“We have Sampdoria, two games with Napoli and then Chievo,” added the former Milan boss. “It’ll be a fascinating match, but tomorrow is the most difficult of them all, because you don’t need to find motivation against Barcelona. Samp have beaten Roma, Milan and won the derby with Genoa.”

Juve ultimately beat Sampdoria 1-0 thanks to an early Juan Cuadrado goal, but Allegri’s assertion that the Blucerchiati were a tougher proposition than Barca was perfectly justified by the argument that motivation wouldn’t be needed for the Blaugrana. Granted, if the Old Lady can’t fire themselves up for such an encounter then it’s fair to say that they couldn’t for Samp.

And why shouldn’t Juve regard the tie as anything but normal? By adopting that very mindset, the Old Lady have got to where they are. Allegri admitted before the Berlin showpiece in 2015 that the Turin giants’ run to the Final was surprising, but two years on and their presence among Europe’s top eight sides should not be seen as extraordinary. With progress comes great expectation.

Yet the most telling soundbite was his reference to last season, when Juve were unfortunate to draw Bayern Munich in the last 16. Is Allegri implying that Barça will be any easier? Regardless of whether he is, the 49-year-old certainly made it clear that he was quietly confident about his table-toppers’ chances against the Catalans, who are still recovering from their euphoric comeback against Paris Saint-Germain.

While we all have seared in our minds the sight of that amazing Blaugrana 6-1 victory against all odds, we mustn’t forget how they got into that situation in the first place. You don’t get to make a great comeback without first falling well behind and Juve are definitely more organised than PSG.

This season’s order of play in the quarter-finals promises to rank among the best-ever, with Real Madrid and Bayern – managed by La Decima mastermind Carlo Ancelotti – also reigniting their rivalry, surprise packages Leicester City aiming for another Spanish scalp against runners-up Atletico Madrid and giant-slaying pair Borussia Dortmund and Monaco battling it out for a place in the final four.

However, Juve-Barça is as box office as it comes, even if Allegri doesn’t want to admit it. We can only hope that the Bianconeri will be able to play as good a game as their Coach can talk one, but the ex-Cagliari man is making all the right noises at this early stage.

Have your say...
@ GV
"oh yeah his Milan played 2 minutes of Football against Barca the first and last and won 2-1 in Camp Nou

I'D LOVE TO SEE THAT GAME !! what year was it ?
on the 22nd March, 2017 at 10:05am
@ Creature anonymous,
The one who must stop watching Football is the who at least would know who was subbed at that final ( the two I was referring too at least ).

Be quite please.
on the 22nd March, 2017 at 10:00am

Honestly, we are. And if the trolls are serious then the image of them typing with their tears is too hilarious.

Our chances against Barca could be worse, I like how Allegri intends to approach the game. A major problem would be Dybala's fitness, we're just not the same without him.
on the 22nd March, 2017 at 9:11am
KO, Juventini and others,

Not to tell you what to do but, ignore the trolls and stick to football.
I would understand if this was a post-match thing but it's not, we're on break.

You're giving them the attention they desperately seek.

Enjoy our team, let them dwell in their misery and alibis.
on the 22nd March, 2017 at 5:12am

child? are you a child? 86'? how many CL juve finals have you caught 86'?
forza rubeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
on the 21st March, 2017 at 11:58pm

forgot to mention that ur capo is also under the microscope. When will it end??wont get into too much detail because i'm sure you know all about that.
Some example your setting lol
enjoy! The pride of italy!
on the 21st March, 2017 at 11:55pm
@Mr. Prisco

There's a time and place for wisecracks and you crossed the line. "Our" ref under investatigation? He's working as usual but why bother explaining that to you? No, "our" ref has gotten death threats from bitter fans like you. Now, I don't care what you think of us (hilarious that the sore loser is the one saying "whatever helps you sleep at night". You're so bitter and pathetic that you haven't moved on) but your delusions directly led to this. Let it go, child, for everyone's sake.
on the 21st March, 2017 at 9:47pm
Whatever helps you sleep at night pal.
Your ref cant manage another one of ur games for the rest of the season. Your ref that provided you with 3 points against Milan is being investigated. You still have 2 big games against napoli and roma, we shall see what kind of story unfolds there.
Continua la Sognare and good luck in the CL league, make italy proud lol
on the 21st March, 2017 at 8:02pm
@Mr. Prisco and the rest

It's hilarious when fans from a team who can't qualify for a competition try and bash a team that is carrying their country on their back in that competition for the past 5 years. Kinda like an amputee bashing someone with legs for running slow. Although I've noticed logic doesn't work quite as well with some of you anti-Juve losers. So to you I say, enjoy tying/losing to Samp or Empoli or Pescara or w/e next week...we'll keep winning as usual.
on the 21st March, 2017 at 6:36pm

è la fine!!!!!!!!

You know what I mean bello ;)
on the 21st March, 2017 at 6:28pm
haha @GV
Love getting you rubentini all riled up.Unfortunately, some teams arent awarded non existent penalties in dying minutes of games required to seal points. Id rather draw a hard faught game against a very strong team at home with integrity, rather than earn a fake pk in added on time to extra time lol cowards, sleep well and continua la sognare!!!!
on the 21st March, 2017 at 6:24pm
@ Lacking

Lol. We have the Flying Donkeys and now the Thieving Donkeys.
on the 21st March, 2017 at 2:56pm
@Lacking - also it's one thing to make it to the quarter-finals regularly and quite another to even fail to qualify regularly. keep that in mind should you even qualify in 2 years time. your username certainly fits, you are lacking alright
on the 21st March, 2017 at 2:48pm
8 Champions League Finals, 6 Losses. 2 divided by 8 = .25 x 100 = 25%
Its one thing to make the final, but another thing to actually win it. Just some simple math to keep in mind should they even make it to the final this year. Regardless, for the sake of Italian football, I will support these thieving donkeys to the very end.
on the 21st March, 2017 at 1:06pm
understand this

Conte got this show on the road
Marotta buys the talent he believes in.
Juventus Stadium Now buys whoever we want

Allegri has progressed this squad with the natural evolution of the experience and confidence that success brings.

but Tactically
Conte found a winning formula

Winning became normal

Allegri is ramping up European Tactics
Oh yeah his Milan played 2 minutes of Football against Barca the first and last and won 2-1 in Camp Nou
on the 21st March, 2017 at 11:07am
Mr. Prisco 7-1 against Atalanta but 2-2 to Torino Shameful but typical of inter We know who you are now go cry with Gigi Simoni from the 98' scudetto and every other inter problem and keep wasting your energy on us. Even your Tripletta only came from selling OUR Ibra part exchange for Eto'o and the 40mil was spent on Lucio Sneider Pandev It's ok Calciopoli awoke a sleeping Giant and everything is much better now FORZA JUVE
on the 21st March, 2017 at 10:59am
That's the right attitude, I agree.
But the important thing is that Allegri will apply his words on the field. We don't want to score a goal and then lean back on the ropes and take a punch after punch until we finally concede. We did that many times this season.

Juve will definitely concede against Barca, but we will also definitely score. So I hope Allegri doesn't take out a striker when we are up and then plays with a 5-5-0..
We'll see.
on the 21st March, 2017 at 1:10am
I love how "anonymous" idiots make nasty comments about Juve...obviously your team, whichever it is, has not won a title in a long while, and isn't in Europe. Fact is, Juve is one of the top 5 best teams in the world, you might not like it, but that's the way it is !!

I want to see Juve win the CL, and then Allegri can leave !!!
on the 21st March, 2017 at 12:01am
@ anonymous a creature by the name of angelo moratti created match fixing in italy in 1960. I wonder who he is and what team he controls . Pls idiots . Pls stop now . If you can take 2 mins of time to simply read about match fixing in italy and how it all started. Well maybe you would just be less of an idiot .
on the 20th March, 2017 at 11:59pm
Stop watching football Mustafa. You have no idea what you 're talking about! Juve is among the best 3-4 teams and a favourite to win the CL thanks to Allegri. Without him we would still be knockeed out by Galata and scared to win Malmo. In mUnich, he subbed Morata and Khedira because they were tired. Stopped blaming him. Blame Evra instead who didn't clear the ball.

And by the way, this year's team is far stronger than the 2015 one.
on the 20th March, 2017 at 11:23pm
@ Mustafa I didn't even mention the 2015 final!

This cup has eluded us for so long that I do not care who we have on the bench or whether or not I think they have the team playing to their potential. I simply want to win it.

Some of the greats in this side are either at peak or past it. We need to treat every year like it's our last chance and if Allegri is the manager to finally deliver this trophy then he becomes legendary.

I get the feeling he's got us peaking at the right time
on the 20th March, 2017 at 9:19pm
Mustafa LOL
Allegri made this team a lot better. With Conte Juve barely got to quarterfinals, couldn't even win Benfica, lost to Galatasaray, while Allegri's tactics helped us to go through Ancelotti's RM and almost Bayern Munich. That time it almost worked, as Juve only conceded at the end.
on the 20th March, 2017 at 9:17pm
Wow Mustafa! Wtf are you on about? Would you rather have a loser with the charisma of a wet towel on our bench (Spaletti) as opposed to Allegri?
on the 20th March, 2017 at 8:37pm
@ Juveblood

He took Morata and Cuadrado off, introducing his stupid duo and killed the approach he started the game with.

AND, Muller equalizer was because of a Cross that Cuadrado was not there to clear, when he had cleared all the same crosses throughout the game.
on the 20th March, 2017 at 8:35pm
@ Juventino
Yes I want Allegri fired because he can't win and he always hold the team back with his stupid tactics. Don't throw the 2015 Final in my face because that was Conte's Team. Allegri's Team is the one who got knocked out last year against Bayern by Allegri himself.

But as I said, it's a pity that we have a Ferrari of a Team with a Unicyclist who drives it.
on the 20th March, 2017 at 8:28pm
you can say what you want about the second half performance but you gotta admit any of our "competitors" would concede a goal there and draw or even lose that match if that happened to them. that's the difference between Juventus and the pretenders
on the 20th March, 2017 at 7:48pm
It's why I was so annoyed with now Napoli bottled it against Madrid. If Serie A sides are to improve in Europe they need to stop treating big games like they're impossible when they're not. Few teams have a better attack than Napoli and no team in Europe has the depth or cross field quality of Juve. Time to realise how good they are and stop beating themselves before they step onto the pitch.
on the 20th March, 2017 at 6:57pm
@Mr Prisco 2nd half vs Samp we had no Dybala plus the team was tired.

People talking about the counter attack - well yes in the Nou Camp obviously we'll need to counter but at home we need to press them high up the pitch!

PSG have given us the blueprint of how to crush this Barca team at home and it ain't sitting back and hitting them on the break. Yes there'll be times we need to sit off them but the minute they're in our half they need to be pressed.

We need a 2 goal lead to take to Spain
on the 20th March, 2017 at 6:16pm
hahaha what about your second half performance against Samp? cant wait to see barca throw you guys a beating.
on the 20th March, 2017 at 5:49pm
If Juve plays the counter well against Barca, they can do it. Its going to come down to how well Juve can play that counter. Looking back at 2015 thats really what happened their also. Juve pushed hard in the second half but just couldn't get the goals. Barca countered with the world class 3 and well, we all know that they finished. How I wish we still had Morata, very fast. Lets hope Higuain will not be selfish and slow.
on the 20th March, 2017 at 5:24pm

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