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Allegri: ‘Champions League is a dream, not an objective’

September 11, 2017

Max Allegri believes Juventus should not make the Champions League a target, rather it’s “a dream” for the club.

The Juve coach spoke of the progress made in Europe over the last 3 years of his tenure at Juventus and the work ahead for the club.

“The last three years have been fantastic, we achieved two Champions League Finals,” Allegri told UEFA.com.

“The first was rather unexpected, while for the second, we had greater hopes of really winning it.

“We didn’t succeed but we still consider it a success because not everyone can play in a Champions League Final.

“Winning the Champions League can’t be an objective, it’s a dream. And to accomplish that dream, you have to work hard for so many years and, above all, develop a certain kind of mental approach.

“Juventus are aiming to be consistently among the top eight in Europe. In order to do that, we need to be signing quality players. I think the club are doing really well in this regard.

“Better than last season? There are several players who have just arrived, but it’s always been like this for me at Juve.

“Between the first and second Finals, within three years, only four players stayed from the first year.

“The club have added so much quality and the results have kept following. In order to keep winning, you need a lot of hard work and you need to stay motivated

“Ultimately, motivation is what makes the difference. It’s getting harder with each year, so winning seven titles in a row would be something really extraordinary.

“The squad is strong, even though we still have to improve technically and tactically.

“Our group? It’s is balanced, far more than it seems. Apart from Barcelona, ​​Sporting CP and Olympiakos are teams with a lot of experience in Europe.

“It won’t be easy to pick up points in this group, and points can be dropped anywhere.

“What makes Buffon so special? Because he’s been the best goalkeeper in the world for the last 20 years. He’s an extraordinary guy, an exemplary professional.

“He’s turned 39 and he’s just been chosen as the best goalkeeper in the Champions League, so he really has something special.

“His secret? In my opinion, the enthusiasm with which he plays. He’s like a kid.

“How far can Dybala go? Paulo has really grown since coming to Juventus. He has so much talent but still has big room for improvement.

“He’s started the season very well, but we’re just at the beginning. He needs a great season in the Champions League, it’s his objective.”

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  • Peter

    I guess I’ll just go back to sleep then.

  • RequiemForTheUnderdog

    And this is why we wont Win IT!!! It is so sad to see this mentality!, We are literally A HAIR away from Bayern, Real Madrid and Barcelona, in terms of squad depth, and are already on par in terms of team Quality on paper! The English teams are catching up fast and if Juve doesn’t Solidify quickly into the undisputed European top 4, Man United or Man City or Chelsea might capitalize on doing so at our expense! Allegri is a fool!
    2 finals in 3 years, this 4th and 5th year should be ALL ABOUT WINNING the CL, why even bother with a weak one sided italian league that we can win with our eyes close! while the runner ups in our league (Roma and Napoli constantly disgrace italian football in the CL with horrid showings). We dominated a much stronger Barcelona then the one we just lost to three – mill, and that game vs Real Madrid was a fluke! (Allegri didnt prepare properly, experimented, then the whole dressing room crisis happened) It isn’t like Real Madrid played us and beat us while we where at our best, that final Juve played the worst game of the season.

    Juve can well win this CL, we fixed our depth problem with Costa, Bernardeschi, Matuidi and Bentancur, if anything we just need to get rid of Higuain and bring in a more competent striker. This CL should be as good as ours! Chielini and Howdes just need to settle in, and it will be as if Bonucci never left.