Max Allegri has reiterated that he is staying at Juventus, explaining ‘there’s still a lot of work’ for him to do in Turin.
Juve suffered a second successive Champions League exit at the quarter-final stage on Tuesday, going down 3-2 on aggregate to Ajax, but Allegri made it clear his side would dust themselves down and try again with him at the helm.
“Dybala had a problem with his quadriceps,” he said at a Press conference.
“Technically he didn’t have a great performance, but tactically he worked on De Jong, applying pressure.
“Kean gave us depth, but we freed up their game resources. Ajax have excellent players, play good football and aren’t a team of fools.
“They scored five goals against Real Madrid not by chance. It’s not the worst elimination for us…
“It’s just an elimination: every season Juventus play for an objective. Sometimes you lose in the Final, others go out in the quarter-finals.
“The Champions League is strange: you have to arrive in the best condition. When you’re missing five or six players in the space of a few days like we have, it’s difficult to go on.
“I talked to the President a couple of days ago. I’ve already made my decision: I have a contract and I intend to stay. There’s still a lot of work to do.
“If I didn’t have motivation, I would’ve told the President that I would be leaving at the end of the season.
“In these five years we’ve worked well: so many players have grown. We have young lads here.
“Winning Scudetti isn’t easy, two Champions League Finals aren’t easy. Everything seems easy: on Wednesday we’ll rest, accept the defeat and then prepare for Saturday.
“Going out in the quarter-finals mustn’t be a source of frustration, against a great team like Ajax: now we must prepare to win the Scudetto on Saturday.
“Winning isn’t simple: it consists of work and preparation. Then there are strong teams who are fighting to win too, but next season Juventus will have the same objectives.
“We can’t win everything: I understand the disappointment and bitterness. I feel it too, for the fans, club and players who had a good game against a great Ajax.
“Italian football will never be like Dutch football. Ajax went many years without these results.
“They have good players. Two years ago they reached the Europa League Final and it wasn’t by chance.
“They have a good system and a group of quick, technical players. They’re one of the best teams in Europe right now.”
Cristiano Ronaldo’s arrival last summer was seen as clear intent from the Bianconeri that they were going all out to win the Champions League…
“We signed him to increase our chances of winning the Champions League,” admitted the Coach.
“We’re sorry for not going through but Juventus, with Andrea Agnelli, Fabio Paratici, Pavel Nedved and Giuseppe Marotta before, have had a great decade.
“We’ve built a lot, the value of our players has risen a lot and you can’t think it’s easy to win the Champions League, otherwise it would mean not being clear-headed and in contact with reality.
“Everyone said, ‘Ronaldo’s come, the Champions League is won.’ It didn’t happen like that, now let’s put all this aside and think about next season, when Juventus will try to win everything, including the Champions League.
“There are also other teams. Not only Juventus win…”
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Football Italia staff