Thursday 27 October 2016

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri eyes 'masterpiece' in Madrid


Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri was delighted with his team's victory over Real Madrid but believes they will need to produce a "masterpiece" next week in Spain to progress to the Champions League final.

Goals from Alvaro Morata and Carlos Tevez gave the newly crowned Serie A champions a 2-1 triumph in Turin in Tuesday's semi-final first leg.

"I'm really pleased with my players' performance," Allegri said to the Italian press. "It's a deserved reward from a game that wasn't easy.

"They played with extraordinary intensity and afforded Real very little. We defended really well. We need to recognise how important this result is. It was a great display from us and we also celebrated winning the Scudetto.

"We've played good football this season. I can only take my hat off to my players."

Allegri felt his team could have won by a bigger margin but substitute Fernando Llorente was unable to finish off two good chances late in the game.

"It's a pity we didn't get a third," Allegri said. "There were a couple of moments when we could have done better in attack.

"In any case, we have laid the foundations. My players showed great personality, effort and determination.

"But I think if we want to make the final, we've got to deliver a masterpiece in Madrid."

Juve will be aiming to reach the Champions League final for the first time since 2003 when they visit the Bernabeu for next Wednesday's second leg.


Carlo Ancelotti's Real, who were crowned European champions for a record 10th time last season, have won four and lost just one of their five home games in the competition.

"It's not easy to get a result in Madrid," Allegri said. "Now we must prepare for Wednesday's return leg knowing we have to play even better.

"We will be up against a wounded Real team next Wednesday. We've got to score in Madrid or it's going to be hard for us to reach the final."

Meanwhile, Real defender Sergio Ramos said he will play in midfield again next Wednesday if required by coach Ancelotti.

Acclaimed as one of the game's best centre-halves, Ramos looked like a fish out of water in the middle of the pitch in the 2-1 first leg defeat.

"I am here to help the team wherever I can," Ramos said.

"The other day it worked out for me (in midfield) but this was a bad game on a personal and a group level. I have confidence in the coach and I was ready to sacrifice myself for the team."

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