How Massimiliano Allegri gained the tie towards Atletico Madrid even earlier than the sport began

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13 Mar 2019, 12:14 IST

Juventus v Club de Atletico Madrid - UEFA Champions League Round of 16: Second Leg
Juventus v Membership de Atletico Madrid – UEFA Champions League Spherical of 16: Second Leg

Massimiliano Allegri. That is a reputation which is already within the historical past books of Juventus Soccer Membership, however nonetheless has a large hole within the achievements part – the Italian coach hasn’t but acquired his arms on the Champions League trophy, regardless of so many profitable seasons within the home league.

However this season he lastly might need his greatest shot on the European title, due to Juventus’ signing of Cristiano Ronaldo, the 34-year-old from Madeira, Portugal. Ronaldo has gained the Champions League 5 occasions with two totally different groups, and to particularly add, has gained that very trophy three successive occasions within the final three seasons with Actual Madrid.

Mr. Champions League, as they name him.

Two weeks in the past, Allegri and Ronaldo’s hopes of the Champions League appeared to have suffered an enormous blow because the staff went down 2-Zero to Atletico Madrid in Spain, which meant that the Outdated Woman must rating thrice to win the tie in Turin.

The stage was for the Champions League’s greatest ever participant, Ronaldo, and he did ship. However there was one thing which gained Allegri the match and the tie even earlier than the objectives downpour began final night time in Turin – one thing which enabled Ronaldo to unleash his wrath on the robust Atletico protection.

This man – Federico Bernardeschi.

Juventus v Udinese - Serie A
Juventus v Udinese – Serie A

I’d name the Italian my man of the match final night time. He was the one who tore down the Atletico protection again and again, each couple of minutes within the match, in order that Ronaldo might finish their European desires contained in the penalty space.

Allegri made it clear that Juventus had been going to assault the Atletico objective from the primary second of the match. And that wanted a variety of tempo, as a result of the Atletico aspect are additionally one of many quickest sides in Europe with Antoine Griezmann, Thomas Lemar, Saul Niguez and Rodri of their squad – all of whom can counter inside a matter of some seconds.

The reply to this was easy for Allegri – deploy two amazingly quick gamers within the assault. There was Federico Bernardeschi on the left flank, and Blaise Matuidi on the appropriate.

Atletico left again Juanfran might need recurring nightmares of Bernardeschi’s attacking play final night time. The Italian was in every single place within the third half of the pitch, inflicting many attacking issues to the Atletico aspect. They acquired so busy defending towards the 25-year-old, that they ended up neglecting Ronaldo himself.

The choice of Bernardeschi will in all probability by no means be talked about within the historical past of this Juventus aspect, which might presumably win the Champions League this season. However Allegri might need simply given some budding managers a peek into his college of thought after final night time’s choice techniques.

Juventus have two sensible contenders who can beat them within the Champions League – FC Barcelona and Manchester Metropolis. It is going to be fascinating to see a tactical duel between Pep Guardiola and Massimiliano Allegri within the coming rounds or possibly the ultimate, if issues pan out that method.

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