Allegri put hopes high in the Champions League

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Juventus will have to battle their way in their champions league group and Massimiliano Allegri hopes are high ahead of the game.

Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri put his hopes high in the Champions League as they prepare to play Benfica in Portugal.

Benfica will host the Italian side in the second leg of the Champions League as the Portuguese team claimed victory in the first leg.

Speaking with the media ahead of their game against Benfica, Allegri said: “We are not eliminated yet, nor have we qualified for the round of 16 and we’re not even sure of going to the Europa League, but tomorrow only one result will do. It is not all down to us, but everything is still possible.

“We must win to keep the door open. Benfica are in charge of their own destiny. They are one of the four unbeaten teams in Europe, together with Napoli, PSG and Real Madrid. Also, they have a different drive in front of their fans and we know it.

“We have to play as we did for a good part of the home match, but increasing the duration of our intensity. We didn’t start badly. We will try to win by two goals, but we know they are very strong.

“The only risk we have, given the last two games won, is that there is too much euphoria, too much enthusiasm and this lowers the ‘immune system’. When we are compact, we show strength in defence. In the last two games, we had the right attitude, which hasn’t always happened. The magic moment must not stop. I’m optimistic, we have everything we need to do well.”



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