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This is the moment when we have to grab the bull by the horns.feedback
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May 20 2017
This page is completely dedicated to what Massimiliano Allegri has to say. All of Massimiliano Allegri’s quotes are organized here by date and topic. The most recent quote attributed to Massimiliano Allegri came from an article called Allegri urges Juventus to end Scudetto race: “We must win the Scudetto tomorrow. We come out of the Coppa final with an amazing result as nobody had ever won three in a row, and that has given us great strength to go forward. Paulo Dybala is fine. We'll have [Gianluigi] Buffon in goal, Dani Alves, [Leonardo] Bonucci, [Giorgio] Chiellini and Alex Sandro in defence. Claudio Marchisio recovered well from the final and he will play. We're in a wonderful moment of the campaign. We need the fans to be behind us, as it's the most important game of the season, the one that decides the Scudetto.”.
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I don't need to take credit for anything. I do my job. I do it with enthusiasm and calm. What I care about is using the quality at my disposal to get results.feedback

Gigi is right, we are in the final and must try to win it. Hopefully this is the right year. I think Juventus have a very good chance of winning. We need to be more concentrated, keep the ball better, but there are important games over the next month and we have to get the result against Roma [where a point will secure the Serie A title] or risk putting the Scudetto back in doubt. There's the Coppa Italia final with Lazio too. I am glad for the lads, they reached the final, but from tomorrow we have to focus, because we haven't won anything.feedback

It was vital not to lose. You cannot win every game. When you reach the end you count up the points. There are matches you have to win, but when you realise that you cannot win, you have to make sure you don't lose.feedback

We need to be fully focused for the match, . Monaco have nothing to lose and will be dangerous.feedback

I expect a difficult game against a team in good condition. They will be aggressive and we will have to fight to get a positive result.feedback

No, it is impossible. They cannot play together, even with glue. [Last week's opponents] Atalanta, Monaco and Torino all play similarly, have players of more or less the same type, have speed and good technique. Saturday will be important because it is a derby and it's for the league. We have to beat Monaco to reach the final of the Champions League. If we succeed then we should win the Italian Cup [against Lazio], so we are in good mental and physical condition.feedback

Against Monaco we got a good result but we can do better from the perspective of our performance. Approaching the end of these competitions is never easy. In the last 20 days, we have to live every moment as if it were the last.feedback

Gigi Buffon's top performance almost goes without saying when it comes to these big matches. Gigi is the best goalkeeper in the world and he has shown that in this game. The best players step up to the plate on nights like this. Monaco are a good side, a technically gifted side, but we started well. It was beginning to look easy, but we made a few mistakes and Gigi produced a great save at 0-0. They created a couple of good chances after we took the lead, but Gigi was there to save again so there is plenty to be happy about.feedback

All of the defenders did very well – it is games like this that show just how good these players are. The job is not complete. Monaco will come to Turin with nothing to lose. This could become an extraordinary season for us.feedback

The handball by Toloi? I do not want to talk about the incident because it makes no difference.feedback

Usually, Juventus do not concede in this way. For now we have gained a point on Roma, but we'll have more wins. We are at 84 points and we can get to 96. If we had won, we would have given a major blow to Roma. But Atalanta won all the conflicts and in football if you do not win the conflicts, you do not win.feedback

This match, we need to understand, will be similar to the game against Monaco. They are a team that plays very similarly to Atalanta. We knew that playing here would not be easy. A match like this happens, even the players are human. The important thing is to learn from these matches and always remain calm. It prepares us well for the game against Monaco. We were in the lead with a minute left and we could not win. The [penalty] incident would be irrelevant if we had played better.feedback

We're beginning an important period, but we still need points to get to the finish line in the league.feedback

We are not a perfect machine because we still have room for improvement, but the team really is having a great season. It is absolutely extraordinary to be on 83 points with five matches to play and to have qualified for the Coppa Italia final and the Champions League semi-finals. It is still too early to be talking about the title. We have to remember that we still have to play Roma and until it is mathematically assured we cannot talk about the Scudetto. We have a couple of days to rest now and then we will focus on Atalanta, which will not be an easy game.feedback

After that, we have four days before the Monaco match, so that is plenty of time to recover and prepare for the clash.feedback

It's going well with me playing as a mediano. The coach used me in every role in midfield but it's here that I feel very comfortable.feedback

Everyone is just waiting for Juventus to fall down, but [Sunday] is decisive for the league title and we need a tough performance. The usual four [Gonzalo Higuain, Paulo Dybala, Juan Cuadrado and Mario Mandzukic] will start in attack. The only doubt is Cuadrado, because we have to see what condition he's in. His understudy is Mario Lemina. For the defence, everyone is so good that there isn't an issue. I would not have preferred Real Madrid in the draw. Monaco reached the semi-final and to achieve that they clearly have quality.feedback

Claudio Marchisio is fine now and he will play. He was unavailable in Barcelona after a knock to the calf and I didn't want to risk having a player on the bench who could not play.feedback

Getting three points against Genoa would give us an important cushion at the top, basically allowing us to get two games wrong. From Friday onwards, we'll be playing every three days, so the points are fundamental. The Scudetto is going to be decided. We have made a journey, both as a team and a club. The important thing is to face matches with humility and the right spirit, so I want to remind everyone that Juventus have not actually won anything yet. Let's limit the euphoria here. Enthusiasm helps you train better, but with euphoria you can slip up.feedback

We have to compliment the lads for all they are doing this season. It's a step forward, a deserved qualification against a top-level opponent. We did very well defensively, less so in attack where we failed to make the most of very promising counter-attacks. We were under the normal amount of pressure here, but it was a decisive step on the road to Cardiff.feedback

Barcelona failing to score goals over two legs is almost unheard of. The players need to realise that they can do even better and we are slowly improving. We must not get ahead of ourselves, but it's right to feel enthusiasm and tomorrow we need to focus on Serie A. I am happy with what the lads are doing, but the key is not to maintain current form, instead we are aiming to improve it. Everyone was extraordinary tonight and when Andrea Barzagli came on [for Paulo Dybala in the 75th minute] it felt like we could have played for a whole day and not conceded.feedback

We should have been calmer and sharper when spreading their play, but it's not easy to do that here, as Barcelona are a completely different team at home. They move the ball around so quickly and only a great Juventus could have qualified.feedback

We have to be clever in choosing when to attack, when to defend. I guess Barcelona haven't changed much in a week – they are full of potential, something we knew in Turin. We need to be smart. We need to be clear-minded, technical and not think of the scoreline. We will go out to try and win again.feedback

Perhaps we'll adjust the tactics but I'd imagine they'll be very minor changes. Barcelona have three quality strikers but I'm confident that my midfield and defence can contain them.feedback

The most important thing is that we forget the three goals in the first leg and play to win again. We have huge respect for Barcelona and we know that we will need to play even better again to go through. Not a lot will have changed about Barcelona: they will still have the same weaknesses and strengths. We need to keep our heads and find a way to score at least once. We need to defend well and attack well. Simple. We must not get carried away by the occasion. If we keep our cool and play our own game, we will be OK.feedback

Juventus have grown gradually as a European power; we need to be at least in the last eight every season.feedback

We have to get to 91 points - Roma can do 90. Now we have to think about Wednesday [against Barca].feedback

Juve deserved to win. In the second half, we wasted some time - we had plenty of space in front of us and we were not good at exploiting it.feedback

The next match is always the most important. We must think about winning this game, then we will have four days to prepare for Barcelona.feedback

Italian football will definitely miss them, they made history in Italian football.feedback

Balance is the force of a great team. In football, you can win or lose, but the important thing is to keep your balance because that will always lead to success.feedback

I was pleased but he deserves all the credit for the way he has developed, . He and Neymar will be the world stars of the future. It's normal that after a 3-0 win over Barcelona, there is this wave of great enthusiasm and excitement. And that can be a dangerous moment. We played the first game, it went well, but we still have to deal with the return match in Barcelona, where we will have to give a better performance than we did on Tuesday.feedback

Balance is the force of a great team. In football, you can win or lose, but the important thing is to keep your balance because that will always lead to success. I'd like to say a thanks to president Berlusconi and to [CEO Adriano] Galliani for the opportunity they gave me to coach and to win with Milan.feedback

This game must give us more confidence and awareness of what this squad can achieve. It is right to be happy with what we have done, but also to keep our feet on the ground and a sense of balance, as we have achieved nothing yet.feedback

Dybala showed his quality with an extraordinary performance. He is a great player and he was magnificent. His finishing was great. But I am happy for him as I am for all the players. I'm delighted with the whole lot of them because they really were superb. We have strength throughout the squad and that is especially important in this period with all the games we have to play one after another. They all have a big part to play. We have done exactly what we were looking to do. We have shown people that we can hold our own in games like this.feedback

The lads entertained everyone in the stadium and got a good result. There were a lot of expectations around this side to see if they were up to a quarter-final. It was a psychological test and we got a big result. We must not get distracted from the reality of the situation because now we have to prepare for Pescara and ensure we win the Scudetto. Fortunately I have a big squad and the decisive figures may well be those who didn't play this game. Barcelona put six past Paris Saint-Germain, so we know we have a difficult task in the second leg.feedback

Juventus have respect for Europe and above all are respected in Europe. That is the greatest result of my three years here. It was a great performance, we played well technically both in attack and defence. It is the first step towards the semi-final, but the second leg will be a different matter. I cannot say what percentage our chances of progressing are. In Barcelona we are going to have aim to score goals. I am a dreamer, but also pragmatic and a realist. We are in a growth process, I am happy with what the players are doing and we have made important steps forward in the last few years.feedback

We were sharp, with good passing moves, but we could have done better and in some moments tried to make direct passes too often.feedback

We had several chances in the first half, moving the ball around and forcing them to shift, but we got a bit too greedy for an extra pass. That's something we need to work on and improve for the second leg. Juventus deserve credit, as everyone contributed to the defence by cutting off the passing channels, otherwise when the ball is at the feet of [Lionel] Messi, [Andres] Iniesta or [Luis] Suarez, you're going to have trouble.feedback

We just need to go out there and play our game without giving it too much thought. We must be ready for it. It's a Champions League quarterfinal after all.feedback

It's impossible to think about playing two 0-0 draws and winning on penalties.feedback

In order to qualify we will have to play two great games and also have a bit of luck. Barcelona lost at the weekend [2-0 at Malaga] but they never make mistakes in this type of match.feedback

They will definitely be four evenings of great entertainment and we'll have to play our game with great calmness and great technique, because when you play at this level it takes great technique, as well as being balanced on the field in defence and attack.feedback

I won't say the formation, but tomorrow the four up front [[Juan] Cuadrado, [Paulo] Dybala, [Mario] Mandzukic and [Gonzalo] Higuain] will all start. When you play the first leg at home, it's always nice not to concede. It won't be easy so we have to try to score more than them. You can't hope to face Barcelona and draw 0-0 twice and win on penalties. However, they always give something away and we will have to be good to hit them when we have the chance to do so.feedback

Dybala? Paulo has made gigantic steps forward at Juventus. Messi is the best in the world and has been the best for many years. Dybala is young and growing fast. Alongside Neymar, he can be among the best in the world.feedback

That match taught us that nothing can be taken for granted in football, especially at this level. So the thing we have to do is think about the game tomorrow and make sure we get it right, then we'll think about the return fixture. But again, it's a major quarter-final, like the one with Bayern [Munich] and Real Madrid, these are four teams who are contenders for the Champions League, along with Atletico Madrid, the four will meet and two will remain.feedback

My intention is to continue with Juventus, because I am happy here. I haven't met with the club yet, as there are other priorities, but then we'll sit down and evaluate things. This team has great potential, a mixture of experience and youth. Above all Juventus are a top-level club and there are few out there who could be considered better. It's a good result, especially after two very tough games. We played better compared to Sunday [a 1-1 league draw at Napoli], then made life complicated for ourselves with the error [by goalkeeper Neto] for 2-2.feedback

We didn't have the strength to pile forward anymore and I had no real substitutes left, but overall it was a good performance and we ran few risks after going 3-2 down. It was a game we could've won, but the objective was to reach the final.feedback

Higuain had a good week of work on international duty and you can see how hard he trained, because he looked really sharp in front of goal. Overall it was a good performance and I am not worried, because we were the ones who let Napoli back into the game.feedback

Neto will definitely play, but I still need to decide about the others. [Paulo] Dybala and [Juan] Cuadrado are both available. It is unlikely that [Mario] Mandzukic will play. Any one of Alex Sandro, [Stefano] Sturaro or Cuadrado could come in to replace Mario.feedback

Napoli are a team that play in a similar way to Barcelona, making Wednesday's game an even more important test. We will need to score in order to be sure of reaching the Coppa Italia final. We want to reach our third straight final and we are in a great position to do so. We are in a great position on all fronts with just a couple of months of the season left. Juventus have achieved a great deal in recent years. We have earned the respect of the rest of Europe. There could be seven or eight changes compared to Sunday's line-up. After all, we are playing every three days at present.feedback

Higuain had a good performance, especially in the first half. I'm happy with what he did. He is grateful to Napoli, just as Napoli should be grateful to him. They can take separate professional paths, but that's natural in this business. Dybala barely trained for 12 days and tonight I didn't want to play him at all. Juan Cuadrado only returned [from international duty] on Friday, so I didn't want to risk them.feedback

I have to compliment my players, because you can't always dominate games and especially not against this Napoli. We allowed a few shots in the first half and in the second had moved [Miralem] Pjanic to the midfield, creating some good opportunities. There is absolutely no shame, as the important thing is to bring home the result. We weren't at our best tonight, it certainly was not an easy night considering everything around the match, but the lads handled it very well.feedback

At the start we had played well, moving it from side to side, but once we took the lead, we allowed Napoli to take control and in my view we weren't sharp enough in possession. I had expected there to be difficulties. You win titles with games like these, by picking up difficult points on your travels. We've got four games at home now, four away, so we need to do well. On Wednesday we can get our place in the [Coppa Italia] final, we know we're facing Napoli again and can prepare with great calm.feedback

I haven't discussed the future with the board yet; we will have time to do that properly soon.feedback

[Dybala] had a tight thigh muscle a few days ago and this was a little problem in the game, but it is nothing serious.feedback

We will see how he is when he returns.feedback

Our primary objective is to win the Serie A title because six consecutive Scudetti is something historic that has never been done, it would be extraordinary.feedback

After winning the derby, they will try to make a dream come true by beating Juventus. If we don't have the same motivation as then, we are in real trouble.feedback

It will be a fascinating match [against Barca], but Sunday 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. They have won five and drawn two of their last seven matches, so we need to be on top of our game. Barcelona will be a big clash, but there is no point talking about it now. I want a game of that magnitude to feel very normal, not a special event – we have been in this position regularly recently and last year we were unlucky to draw Bayern Munich.feedback

There are 10 games left in Serie A, Roma and Napoli have the potential to pick up 30 points, so we don't have first or even second place under lock and key. If we don't play Samp with a serious, responsible attitude, we could find Roma five points away. We need to be careful of ourselves. Sampdoria have enthusiasm, Marco Giampaolo has given a real tactical identity to the team and they have nothing to lose.feedback

The aim was to arrive at least in the last eight. Now we will see what will happen to us. We were very good in the first half, but not in the second. Whoever comes we must face with courage. We will have the strength to go to the final.feedback

Let's not forget what Porto did in their Champions League play-off away to Roma this season [a 3-0 win] – they were starting that match at a disadvantage. This will be a tough test.feedback

It will not be easy. Everybody thought that Barcelona were already out and now they are favourites. It's normal, things can change really quickly in football, we just need to be there among the best eight and then try to give our very best. There are a lot of risks, because first and foremost it's a game of football and a game of football can never be discounted.feedback

It will not be easy. Everybody thought that Barcelona were already out and now they are favourites. It's normal, things can change really quickly in football, we just need to be there among the best eight and then try to give our very best. There are a lot of risks, because first and foremost it's a game of football and a game of football can never be discounted. Let's not forget what Porto did in their Champions League play-off away to Roma this season [a 3-0 win] – they were starting that match at a disadvantage. This will be a tough test.feedback

Qualification is the only thing that counts on Tuesday, we don't have to send any signals to our rivals, we just need to qualify and play a good game. Fireworks are used in the final – they don't matter here. We have an important objective to achieve, we want to reach the quarter-finals. The spirit is certainly good but we have to be aware that we need another great performance in order to qualify.feedback

But we do need to believe we are capable of winning the Champions league. It is a magical competition.feedback

If I lose another two games, I won't even end the season [at Roma] because they will kick me out. We lost four out of five games before Palermo and people keep talking about the contract. Things change quickly in football and, quite rightly, Roma are a strong club who need results, so they would be right to fire me. I think I did the club a favour by not signing a new contract and they are happy about it too. Last year, they fired a coach [Rudi Garcia] and had to keep paying three years of his contract. I'm doing them a favour.feedback

That is one more win chalked off on our run towards the league title. The three points against Milan came at the end of a terrific game of football against a top side who can cause you problems when the game gets stretched. I would have said the same about my team even if we had drawn. Dybala did very well to strike the penalty so cleanly.feedback

The officials' positioning was good. Football is made up of incidents and our tally of 70 points tells its own story. We played very well. We allowed them to break a little too often but, thanks to the technical ability of our players, we created a host of goalscoring chances. It was not easy as [Gianluigi] Donnarumma played brilliantly, making a wonderful save with seconds remaining.feedback

I am always telling Dybala that he is crucial between the lines and he put in a brilliant performance.feedback

So we have to take things one game at a time, without looking at what might happen in three months.feedback

Something like what happened to Barcelona in Paris, where they lost 4-0, doesn't happen every year, or even every five years. So it is normal that now Barcelona are favourites to win the Champions League along with Bayern Munich and Real Madrid. It was a beautiful evening of football which I think will remain in the annals of football history, because I don't think any team has ever pulled off such a good comeback.feedback

It wasn't easy for them, it was a good and very intense game. It wasn't great technically, compared to what Barcelona have always shown the world, but that is why football is beautiful and strange - there are situations no-one can predict. Above all, that should make us understand and reflect that on Tuesday we have a game in which we have a two-goal lead and in the league we have an eight-point lead but it is not over.feedback

Above all, that should make us understand and reflect that on Tuesday we have a game in which we have a two-goal lead and in the league we have an eight-point lead but it is not over.feedback

It wasn't easy for them, it was a good and very intense game. It wasn't great technically, compared to what Barcelona have always shown the world, but that is why football is beautiful and strange - there are situations no-one can predict.feedback

I repeat what I have already said before – it's not true. The second thing, even if there was something in it, the first to know and learn my wish to leave would be Juventus … I'm contracted until 2018. I'm not the one to decide my future – Juventus will. It is they who decide because it's the way I work and have worked previously. When time passes, as we did last year, we will evaluate what to do. And if these rumours were true, Juventus would be the first to know and I haven't talked to Juventus yet.feedback

Nobody expected me to actually do it! I am not much of a theorist, but every now and then I come up with a mad idea and try it on the pitch.feedback

Scoring against Juve is not easy because they are a really well-balanced team. They have great players of a really high level, but above all they are good at defending as a team. But although it's true that Barcelona couldn't get a goal against them, Atalanta got two. In football, anything is possible.feedback

We did everything we could to avoid going to penalties. We played very well for the first half but then we dropped off too much.feedback

It is an important date in our preparation. We have now played against Valencia in our first preparation game and played a good game. Before we start the qualification round for the Champions League it is of course a good thing to play against Manchester City or Bayern or Sao Paulo.feedback

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