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Allegri: If Juve don’t fire me I’m staying

Manager’s comments after Juve win seventh straight Scudetto

AS Roma v Juventus - Serie A Photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty Images

Juventus clinched their seventh consecutive Scudetto with a 0-0 draw away at AS Roma, and after the game manager Massimiliano Allegri celebrated some remarkable accomplishments.

“I am happy because the lads closed this chapter and we have another week to rest. It’s been really tough and we have to compliment Napoli, as they kept the pressure on to the end and won at Sampdoria this evening.

“We work hard, but when it’s time to celebrate after four extraordinary years, it’s right that everyone celebrates. It’s for everyone we worked with at the training ground, the fans too, but the lads are the real protagonists.

“I always thank the players and am sure that it’s easier to achieve objectives with a group of men with these values. It’s not easy to keep the right mentality just a few days after winning the Coppa Italia Final.”

Juve crowned off their total domination of the local game picking up their fourth straight double after lifting the Coppa Italia midweek.

“Motivation is always there at Juventus. Next year, there will be some players leaving, others arriving, and the objective will be to be in the running for every objective in March again.

“You have to work on yourself and find the motivation within yourself too, setting personal targets as well as those for the group.

“It’s a wonderful feeling, as it’s never easy to win. There are players here who won all seven titles and deserve Saturday’s salute in front of their home fans. We want to celebrate all together in Turin.”

What did he see different between Napoli and how his side approached the Scudetto race?

“I think the greatest strength was keeping calm in all situations. You reach the final objective with one small step at a time. If you get overwhelmed by enthusiasm, you’re going to collapse three days later.

“If you have too many surges and dips of mood, you’re not going to win. Balance is crucial.”

Then the one question atop all Juventini minds, would he be leaving the Bianconeri this summer?

“If they don’t fire me, then I think I’m staying at Juventus next season too.

“It’s not an issue of decisions on the future, it’s about planning what the future of Juventus will be, because once we’ve finished celebrating, we have to sit around a table with clear heads.

“When the next season begins, we all start from zero points and must continue proving we are competitive.”