Juventus Manager, Max Allegri saw his side stifle Barcelona in the second leg of their UEFA Champions League quarter-final encounter. Barcelona needed to start hitting the net from the first 10 minutes to stand a chance of putting 3 goals past Juve’s resolute defence, but The Old Ladies kept a clean sheet as they restricted Barcelona from scoring even a goal, although they needed a 4 goal win margin to qualify.
Juventus put up a tactical and defensive master class to oust Barcelona who were not going to be a second time fortunate to bash their opponents by a huge goal margin
Allegri has come out to say Juventus could have played a whole day against Barcelona and still not have conceded and also opined that only a great Juventus side could have accomplished such a feat on the night. The performance from Juventus guaranteed them a place in the final 4, as they look to see if they can also clinch the UCL title.
Allegri speaking with Mediaset Premium after the match said,
“We have to compliment the lads for all they are doing this season. It’s a step forward, a deserved qualification against a top level opponent,”
“We did very well defensively, less so in attack where we failed to make the most of very promising counter-attacks. We were under the normal amount of pressure here, but it was a decisive step on the road to Cardiff.”
“Barcelona failing to score goals over two legs is almost unheard of. The lads need to realise that they can do even better and we are slowly improving.”
Gonzalo Higuain attempts a shot on goal in Juventus’ Champions League second leg against Barcelona.”
“We mustn’t get ahead of ourselves, but it’s right to feel enthusiasm and tomorrow we need to focus on Serie A. Celebration? Well … it’s the decisive moment of the campaign, these lads have a great sense of duty and professionalism. What I like best is that I don’t need to tell them off about that.”
“We should’ve been calmer and sharper when spreading their play, but it’s not easy to do that here, as Barcelona are a completely different team on home turf. They move the ball around so quickly and only a great Juventus could’ve qualified.”
“I am happy with what the lads are doing, but the key is not to maintain current form, instead aiming to improve it. Everyone was extraordinary tonight and when Andrea Barzagli came on it felt like we could’ve played for a whole day and not conceded.”
“The club has worked very well to bring in players of quality who had different characteristics and it was my job to put them in a position to give their best,” he said.