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Zlatan defends Allegri amid exit claims

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic has jumped to the defence of Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri suggesting it is only winning that counts in football.

Allegri once again added to his collection of silverware after securing the Supercoppa Italiana and an eighth successive Serie A title.

But the manager’s tactics have been criticised for his cautious approach that led to the failure of the club in the Champions League.

Those allegations backed up following a European quarter-final exit at the hands of Ajax, suggesting that Juve did impose themselves on opponents often enough.

Ibrahimovic does not share the view having worked with Allegri in Milan and also spent two years in Turin between 2004 and 2006.

The 37-year-old, who is now on the books of MLS side the LA Galaxy, told reporters on Goal: “Allegri’s right, only winning counts in football.

“If you play well and don’t win, it doesn’t count for anything.”

Ibrahimovic added: “It’s you journalists who agree that if someone plays well and loses, they’re massacred.

“But at the end of the day, we think the same way, you and I – all that matters is winning.

“The beautiful game doesn’t lead you to anything. [Football] is just about winning, no matter how you do it.”