Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri believes that his side needs to make sure that they avoid some of the best clubs on the road to the Champions League finals.
The Bianconeri have been in fine form and are among the favorites to win their seventh Serie A title in a row, but they do face stiff competition from second-placed Napoli with Maurizio Sari’s men looking to win their first title since the 1989/90 season. However, Juventus do sit at the top of the table with 71 points and a game in hand over Napoli who have 70 points having played 28 games.
But with Juventus dominating Tottenham at Wembley stadium in the second leg of their Champions League clash, Allegri’s men have booked themselves a place in the quarter-finals, alongside Real Madrid, Manchester City, and Liverpool. But with the likes of Barcelona, Manchester United, AS Roma and even Bayern Munich left to play their games, the Juventus boss has made a confession.
In an interview after his 2-0 win over Udinese, the former AC Milan manager went on to say, “I hope to avoid both Barcelona and Real Madrid. I think Madrid are the favourites to win the competition. They’re focusing solely on the Champions League and there’s nobody else that deals with games in this competition like they do.”
With Zinedine Zidane and company looking to win their third consecutive Champions League crown, Allegri’s Juventus has been a part of two out the last three finals. However, despite that Juventus have failed to win the elusive European trophy since the 1995/96 season. And with both Barcelona and Real Madrid eliminating them with 3-1 and 4-1 victories respectively, it’s only fair that Allegri and Juventus would want to avoid the La Liga heavy-weights.
– 1st in Serie A
– In Champions League Quarter-finals
– In Coppa Italia final
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But with the quarter-final draw picked at random, it means that nobody knows who will be facing the other, which makes things worse for the Serie A reigning Champions. “Dybala’s getting better,” Allegri further added after being asked about his star. “The two goals against Lazio and then his performance in London has given him a mental boost.
Higuain is also doing very good, even if he messed up the penalty today, remember he set Dybala up for the second. Wednesday is another must-win game for us, because Napoli is right there with us and we have to think about Atalanta.”
Juventus and Massimiliano Allegri have every right to not want to play against either Real Madrid or Barcelona. Especially given how desperate both the Los Blancos and Zidane are given their position in the La Liga, and with Barcelona still unbeaten in the league,