Max Allegri has also spoken to the assembled press in the Juventus press conference before UCL Final #JuveBarca. Here are his thoughts:
“We needed to reach Europe’s top eight, we’re in the top two. Now we must finish first. We started with an important objective – to get to the quarter-finals. Now we’ve got to the final, and we have to be first. My role is as a manager trying to add value in a team who were already capable – improving them even more.
[Lionel] Messi, Neymar, [Luis] Suárez, the usual question since the semi-final – how do you stop them, how do you stop them? We need to be very skilled but we need to recognise we’re not going to draw; we need to score.
One of the two teams will win a treble, either Juventus or Barcelona. Hopefully us. We need to recognise this isn’t easy. It’s not easy to manage great teams, despite what it looks like from the outside. He was a great manager at Roma; this is a new league and a new situation but even back then it was clear he was right in his ideas.
It should be a great game; as with all Champions League finals, we’ll need some luck, and we’ll need to work for that.”
“We’ve worked calmly towards the #UCLfinal this week. It’s a pity about @chiellini, who’s had a great season. We’re very sorry for what happened to Chiellini but I guess it was meant to be. We lost a player who had been great for us since the start of the season. [Andrea] Barzagli and Ogbonna are both fit; if [Andrea] Barzagli feels ok he’s going to play, otherwise it’s [Angelo] Ogbonna.
How to stop Barcelona? We need to think how to score. We need to be technically skilled because they’re a technical team and attack is their best weapon so we need to be very, very good at that.
It’s normal that we have an Italian team in the final, it’s important. The last time was five years ago, in 2010 when Inter won. We can see the enthusiasm in Italy; most Italians are looking forward to seeing Juventus lifting the cup. This is going to be something positive for our football.”
“Tomorrow night we’re going to do our best. It’s a one-off match, no chance to play again, so we need to be fit – we are physically and the same goes for our mental strength. We need to be good against a great team but, like all teams, they do have faults – and weaknesses. We need to take the very final step. This is difficult but that goes for any Champions League final. The team is very calm and focused. We’ve been in seven finals, won twice and lost five; Barcelona have won four and lost three. You do your maths.
Regardless of the outcome tomorrow, we’ve had an extraordinary season; apart from the league title and the tenth Coppa Italia, which had been missing for 20 years, we have to consider the consolidation of the team. This is important because it’s important to build some momentum in Europe.
We need to be good at staying focused for 90 minutes, matches never end. We need to be mentally strong and turn things around, because we’re second favourites to Barcelona.”
“Luis Enrique knows Italian football but tomorrow’s game is a one-off. We must stay in it, right until the end.
@carlitos3210 deserves the #BallondOr for his season. Also @gianluigibuffon for his extraordinary career. ”