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Name Massimiliano Allegri
Spelling Max Allegri
Gender Male
Ethnic Italian
Job Italian Football Coach

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  Juventus
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2016 03 19 Retrieve

[Massimiliano Allegri on his goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon being four minutes away from beating the all-time Serie A record of consecutive minutes without conceding] Records aren’t necessarily going to enhance his greatness, but this one would be full of meaning, [it would be] the coronation of an extraordinary career

2017 08 12 Retrieve

[Massimiliano Allegri writes about thoughts on his future following his club’s 4-1 defeat by Real Madrid in the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League final] I left Cardiff with the team and returned to Italy. The next evening, when I got home, I had to ask myself a very hard question: Is this the end of the road? Is this as far as I can take this team? I wondered if I should write the final chapter to my story at Juventus. Part of me was thinking about walking in on Monday and respectfully resigning. When I got home after that defeat, I had to think hard about whether to continue. I thought about why I had become a manager in the first place. I do this because I love teaching. It is truly the joy of my life. I like making players better and smarter. So when I thought about this Juventus squad, my decision became quite personal. I know I still have a lot to prove. And I know I still have a lot to teach. So that night, before I went to bed, I decided that if the club was on board with my strategy and we could move on together, then I would stay on

2018 01 06 Retrieve

[Massimiliano Allegri talks about Paulo Dybala’s potential] When Messi and Ronaldo get older, it will be Neymar and Dybala who will be the best players in the world. He has a whole lot of football ahead of him and I know that he can keep improving

2018 04 07 Retrieve

[Massimiliano Allegri speaks about his coaching style] I cannot be any different than I am right here, now. I could never be a coach who mainly focuses on tactics or analytics because I am more instinctive … The coach, in my opinion, bases his decisions on sensations, on perceptions. Otherwise it would be enough to sit in front of the computer and football would be like a PlayStation. And that is not what I am. In football there are a lot of people who try to reach perfection with figures, with tactics but it’s impossible because there are too many variables

2018 04 12 Retrieve

[Michael Oliver gave the penalty for a foul on Lucas Vázquez in the closing stages of a dramatic quarter-final that Madrid won 4-3 on aggregate against Juventus. He sent off Gianluigi Buffon for protesting, his last European game ending with him departing to applause from the home fans] It was a moment of confusion. Gigi had that reaction but that’s understandable. I don’t know if that has been his last game, there were three seconds left and the result would have been historic, super important, and he had a human reaction

The referee got out the red card and sent him off. As for the penalty, the referee said it was and he whistled it and there’s nothing else we can say but we’re left with a bitter taste

[Allegri admitted he departed angry, hurt and convinced Juventus had at least deserved to take a dramatic quarter-final into extra time but said] crying is useless now

2018 08 11 Retrieve

[Massimiliano Allegri speaks about rejecting the opportunity to coach Real Madrid and to remain at the helm in Turin] I said ‘no’ to Real Madrid because I made a commitment with the president. Therefore, my maximum respect for Juventus and given word were why I rejected the call of Real Madrid, the biggest club in the world and the dream for every coach. I’d be a hypocrite if I said I wasn’t honoured by their consideration, but I’m absolutely convinced that I made the right decision

2018 12 08 Retrieve

[Massimiliano Allegri explains his rationale for assigning Cristiano Ronaldo as the club’s penalty taker] He takes the penalties. After he’s scored that one against us [while playing for Real Madrid] in the 93rd minute at 139km/h, am I supposed to let somebody else do that? He has to do something to be forgiven. He’s got to take penalties and score … always

2019 12 19 Retrieve

[Massimiliano Allegri insists the way to get the best out of players such as Ronaldo is to give them free licence to do as they wish] When the ball gets to Ronaldo, [Paulo] Dybala, Ronaldinho, [Clarence] Seedorf or [Andrea] Pirlo, I have to put the other players in a position to get the ball to them. Once they have the ball they decide what to do with it, what the best decision is. My son is eight and every now and then we go on YouTube and watch the great players, the amazing things they do in attack and in defence, because football is art

In Italy, the tactics, schemes, they’re all bull**. Football is art and the artists are the world-class players. You don’t have to teach them anything, you just admire them. All you need to do is put them in the best condition to do well. I love it when I see a great player do something amazing. On the bench, I’m a spectator watching a show put on by someone, and that someone is a player

[Allegri claims the introduction of more technology is clouding the judgement of coaches] In my ignorance I don’t even have a computer,” he added. “I’ve got an iPad that Juventus gave me. I watch games on it, pull up some stats. Fortunately I’ve got a good memory and I manage to remember what happens in games

A coach has to be on the sideline. He has to breathe the game, he has to understand when it’s time to make a sub or take off his best player because the team needs a different kind of player. The perception is different from the sideline. They’re making out football to be an exact science. If that’s the case, the coach may as well go to the cinema. If you mechanise everything, you no longer have thinking players. If the players are used to going through that door and the door is locked, they’ll end up banging their heads against it. If the players are used to thinking for themselves, they’ll try to find another way out