Spurs stand between Allegri and Champions League grail
Massimiliano Allegri may be breaking records in Italy but the Juventus coach’s quest for the elusive Champions League grail continues on Tuesday against English side Tottenham Hotspur. Allegri The 50-year-old marked his 200th game in the Juventus dugout with a 2-0 win in Florence on Friday, capping a record breaking three-and-a-half years in Turin. A surprise replacement for Antonio Conte in July 2014, the former AC Milan boss has won seven consecutive trophies with the Turin giants including the last three Serie A titles. Italy’s national side are in disarray after the four-time winners’ humiliating World Cup exit, but Juventus are in fine form under Allegri. So much so that his name has not only been among those touted as the future Italy boss but as a potential manager of English giants Chelsea and Arsenal. The six-time defending champions are currently engaged in a gripping battle at the top of the Serie A table with Napoli for the Scudetto. Juventus have won 11 matches in a row in all competitions, conceding just one goal in 16 games -– an all-time club record. But two Champions League final defeats in the past three editions have dented Allegri’s standing. A 3-1 loss to Barcelona in 2015 was followed by another crushing 4-1 defeat to Real Madrid last year after which Allegri revealed he almost quit. “I wondered if I should write the final chapter to my story at Juventus,” said Allegri at the time, saying that his “love of teaching” had encouraged him to continue.
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