A game unlike others: Allegri

MADRID, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 19: Head coach Massimiliano Allegri of Juventus attends a press conference ahead of their UEFA Champions League Round of 16 first leg match between Atletico de Madrid and Juventus at Wanda Metropolitano stadium on February 19, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 19: Head coach Massimiliano Allegri of Juventus attends a press conference ahead of their UEFA Champions League Round of 16 first leg match between Atletico de Madrid and Juventus at Wanda Metropolitano stadium on February 19, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

The Juventus manager talked about the importance of the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 series between his side and Atletico Madrid.

Italian Lega Serie A club Juventus is set to visit Wanda Metropolitano stadium to play against Spanish La Liga side Atletico Madrid.

The game will be the first of two in the UEFA Champions League Round of 16.

And the game between the Bianconeri and Los Colchoneros will be like no others Juve boss Massimiliano Allegri told reporters today in the pre-match press conference.

“It’s not a match like any other, it’s an important Last 16 match, just as it was last year, two years ago, three years ago, four years ago and five years ago,” Allegri was quoted by the club’s official website.

“This is because for Juventus the Champions League has always been a goal.”

“It will be a good match between two teams that have an excellent organization. Atletico has made defending its strength and makes the most of set-pieces,” he added.

“It’s the first of two matches and we have to lay the groundwork to get through it.”

“We’ve had some difficulties, but the team is now growing in all aspects, but we can’t stop here and have to improve further because we are playing in the Last 16 and have more league games to go,” he explained.

“To win, you have to work hard and have a little bit of luck, because the Champions League is like that.”

“Having [Cristiano] Ronaldo is definitely an advantage because in the last 10 years the top scorers of the tournament were him and Messi, but the team must put in a good performance.”

“With Ronaldo – the best in the world, you have more chances to win, but it’s not a guarantee,” Allegri continued.

The manager took some time to praise Atleti’s coach Diego Simeone too.

“He’s done an extraordinary job and above all he manages to make the team work the same way, giving them the right mindset and manages well both the important games and against the medium-small sides in always the same way,” he said.

“They always have great humility and great respect for their adversary and they know that they have gotten their results with those characteristics. So congratulations to Simeone.”

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