UEFA Champions League


Massimiliano Allegri met the media following Juventus-Ajax 1-2, second leg of the UEFA Champions League Quarter-finals.

First off, in the words of the Bianconeri coach after the game, his thoughts are purely on his opponents: “They deserved to progress to the next round. And also the result of this evening,” he explained. “They are in the Champions League semi-finals, and it is no coincidence, because they have already done well in the Europa League. These teams are made up of strong players, and Ajax have them."

Then, he moved onto the analysis of the game. "In the first half we put our opponents in difficulty, we also played a good match, but football is crazy: we conceded a fairly fortuitous goal, after we got stretched out in the second half and should’ve had a different approach.”

Allegri added: “We should have played a different game, but they deserved it. In the second half we broke up, we often threw the ball away, which favoured Ajax with his technique. We tried to have more depth, but with the result that we were less compact; moreover, we gifted some actions, such as that of the second goal: in a quarter-final, it cannot be done."

In general there is little to blame the boys for; we have a team that can still grow, with lots of young players.” And Allegri will still be with them: “I informed the President of my decision on the future: I will remain. We will talk about it anyway.

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