UEFA Champions League


Massimiliano Allegri expressed his satisfaction after Juve reached the Champions League final with a 4-1 aggregate triumph over Monaco, but was quick to warn, “we haven't won anything yet”. Reflecting on a successful European campaign, the boss said: “I'm delighted with my players and what they've achieved this year. It wasn't easy to go on the sort of run we've had in the Champions League. Now we've reached the crunch phase of the season and we need to give things some serious thought tomorrow because we haven't won anything yet. We have the league, the TIM Cup and the Champions League – in that order – to think about."

When it was put to the coach that he deserves the plaudits for guiding Juve to a second final in three years, he replied: "I'm not interested in taking the credit. I do my job with enthusiasm. I'm interested in results and I'm able to achieve them because I have quality players to work with. I love coaching and that allows me to go about my job calmly. When I start feeling stressed out and I'm not enjoying myself anymore, then I'll stop."

Did Kamil Glik's challenge on Gonzalo Higuain shake Juve up?
"We got ourselves back into the game after that foul because we'd drifted out of it a bit before then – and we saw that when we conceded the goal. We have to remember that the match is never over till it's over. Anything can happen and we can't afford to switch off for a second because that's how you concede goals. Glik's foul sparked us back into life, so we can be grateful to him."

Do you agree with Buffon, who said "Reaching the final is not enough anymore"?
"Yes, he's right. You go into finals to win them. For now, though, the main thing is that we're there. Hopefully this will be our year. Juventus have a very good chance of winning the Champions League this season but we need to play even better. We have a month to work on improving and we mustn't forget that we have some very important games before then. We need a point at Roma on Sunday, otherwise we'll have to beat Crotone to win the Scudetto. We must remain alert and fully focused at all times."

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