Allegri discusses ‘mental’ UCL final and Ronaldo’s abilityApril 3, 2018
Massimiliano Allegri has discussed his side’s ‘mental’ defeat to Real Madrid in last season’s Champions League final and praised Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Italian side were beaten by Madrid last season in the final 4-1, despite being level at one point following Mario Mandzukic’ goal.
Having bounced back from that defeat well, Juve now face the prospect of two quarter-final legs against Zinedine Zidane’s side.
Approaching the game, Allegri chose to discuss the incidents surrounding the defeat, saying that he could not understand his side’s drop in mental attitude.
“I watched it again with my players many times, poor things…,” Allegri said in a pre-match press conference.
“After it went to 2-1 we checked out of the game, we made a mistake mentally and not technically, because we needed to stay in the game.
“The game could have been reopened with a bit of calm.”
The former AC Milan then opened up about his side’s ambitions this season, saying that they are still very much focused on winning the Serie A title over a Champions League honour.
“The main objective for us this season remains the League, the Champions League is a competition that we play to win, knowing that we can’t make any mistakes in two-legged matches.
“In the Quarter-Finals you play the strongest teams and the favourites. This year Real Madrid are there, Barcelona are there, Bayern Munich are there, Manchester City are there – they’re the favourites to lift the trophy.
“We have to be good and try to do everything we can to get to the end.”
Finally, Allegri chose to discuss the quality of Ronaldo, who has been in superb form in the Champions League this season.
“I think we need to congratulate Ronaldo because for a player to be 30 or 31 and change his playing style completely is something extraordinary.”