Ever the voice of restraint and caution, Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri celebrated Juve’s 2-1 win on the day that put them through to the Champions League Final by calling for calm in his post-match comments.
“I am glad for the lads, they reached the Final, but from tomorrow we have to focus, because we’ve won nothing yet.”
He went on to talk about his team’s performance on the day.
“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 getting results via the quality of the players at my disposal.
“I really enjoy coaching, that is what makes me relax. When the stress sets in and I no longer enjoy it, that’s the time to change.”
Juve seemed to switch off and let Monaco pull one back, and then a stamp by Kamil Glik on Gonzalo Higuain got the crowd baying for blood.
“I will tell you, that foul and the goal we conceded woke us up. We learned that the game is never over, we have to be plugged in throughout.
“We should’ve been more concentrated on the corner and not let that goal in. I think that scuffle with Glik actually woke Juventus up.”
On Gianluigi Buffon’s comments that being in the Champions League Final wouldn’t mean much if the Bianconeri didn’t win the title -
“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 the Champions League.
“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 or risk putting the Scudetto back in doubt. There’s the Coppa Italia Final with Lazio too.”
Would it be easier to beat whoever Juve play in the Final over one leg or two legs?
“Over two legs it’s always more difficult. In a one-off game, you need to be focused on the details, because details make all the difference.”