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Allegri: Next target for Juventus is the Champions League

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Post-match comments from manager Allegri after Juventus' win over Fiorentina

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Juventus could clinch their fifth consecutive title tomorrow night if Napoli fail to win against Roma. In a thrilling encounter that went back and forth, the Bianconeri beat hosts Fiorentina 2-1 with goals from Mario Mandzukic and Alvaro Morata.

Manager Massimiliano Allegri was asked about the amazing run Juventus have put together -

"It was almost impossible to win 24 out of 25 games.

"Since the start of my coaching career I have always been confident of what I was doing and fully aware of what I needed to improve. At the end of the day, results are everything in this business.

"I often get called a ‘club man' - if a Coach has everyone on side, that helps get results, doesn't it? If you don't share the ideas of the club, you just politely point that out and walk away. This squad has been put together in an exceptional manner by the club.

"I'll sign the contract next week, assuming they let me sign it!"

He commented on a tight game that could have gone either way right until the end, with Juve goalie Gianluigi Buffon saving a Nikola Kalinic penalty to preserve the win -

"This was a very important stepping stone towards the title. I have to give a lot of credit to Fiorentina, as they caused us many problems. My lads also deserve praise for their performance.

"We ran few risks other than counter-attacks until the 1-1, then we went into a little chaos, as unfortunately in Florence the games are never over until the final whistle. We did well to hang on.

"Buffon is the most representative and important player at Juventus. Obviously his words hold a different weight to something the others might say."

When asked if the BIanconeri would watch the Napoli-Roma game together tomorrow night -

"We will train as usual, then prepare the match against Carpi. Don't forget we also have the Coppa Italia Final on May 21 and we mustn't reach that appointment against Milan with the wrong state of mind.

"If we watch the game or not won't change anything."

Finally, Allegri also commented on where he felt Juventus needed to improve next season, adding that the Old Lady would be active in the summer mercato as well -

"Initially we had gone in a little soft and were a bit too relaxed, but from November onwards the journey has been extraordinary.

"Next year we must target winning the Champions League. It's reductive to focus just on Serie A. It's one of those competitions where one incident goes wrong and you don't have time to recover.

"I believe that regardless of tactical systems, we have to improve our control of the ball when under pressure and in the lead. We mustn't lose the ball in a banal manner, so that is what we need to work on in certain moments of the match.

"Otherwise we create excessive pressure on ourselves that can be avoided.

"We can improve the players we've got and help them reach maturity, as for example we were naïve against Bayern Munich when in control of the situation.

"The club will focus on improving the squad, as it did last summer, bringing in young players with great technique.

"Paul Pogba has improved a great deal in terms of character. I said the other day joking that as the €100m wouldn't go to me, I'd rather keep Pogba!"