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Name Massimiliano Allegri
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Gender Male
Ethnic Italian
Job Italian Football Coach
Desc Antonio Conte laid the foundations for Massimiliano Allegri, but the levels he took Juventus to during his five-year spell in Turin could not have been predicted prior to his arrival. However, success at AC Milan did hint at greater triumphs down the line, and Allegri realised that with an incredible five Serie A titles in a row. The Champions League proved illusive, but the Italian giants are in immaculate shape to win Europe’s most coveted club competition sooner rather than later thanks to Allegri

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Agent Giovanni Branchini

2010 02 02 Retrieve

[Cagliari Boss Massimiliano Allegri Braced For Jose Mourinho’s Retaliation] Oh poor me! Mourinho will put three past me on Sunday to get revenge. Besides, I could have to face the ‘unbeatable’ Inter without a goalkeeper. They are all crocked! Could anyone lend me a ‘keeper?’

[Cagliari signed Michael Agazzi from Triestina on transfer deadline day] I don’t know what to say and I can only thank my colleagues who voted for me. It’s one of the greatest satisfactions of my career

2011 12 27 Retrieve

[AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri has revealed that Filippo Inzaghi is no longer training with the club’s first team] I am sorry for him. He is a player who is part of Milan’s history, he has shown great enthusiasm, but I have to make choices. He has not been training with the team for some time and he is not in my plans because of this, he is not available

2013 12 31 Retrieve

[Massimiliano Allegri gives his views on reports that he could be replaced as AC Milan coach by Clarence Seedorf or Pippo Inzaghi] There are many youngsters waiting to take my place, but not every medical student goes on to become a surgeon

2015 04 18 Retrieve

[Massimiliano Allegri on Juventus’s 1-0 win over Monaco] It was a boring game? If you want to have fun, you should go to the circus. I’m only interested in reaching the semi-finals

2016 01 27 Retrieve

[Last autumn there were questions asked about Vidal’s fitness, though he sharpened up as the campaign went on] Vidal is no longer running behind opponents – he is finally running at them

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

2016 08 06 Retrieve

[Quotes on Zlatan Ibrahimovic] With him, you have to use both the stick and the carrot. Ibra is a strong personality and needs to be relaxed at times, while in other occasions he has to be stimulated, otherwise he falls asleep

2017 06 04 Retrieve

[Zinedine Zidane hailed an historic day for Real Madrid as the Spanish champions became the first club to retain the Champions League with an emphatic 4-1 victory. Massimiliano Allegri, the Juventus manager, admitted his players were unable to respond mentally when Madrid regained the lead and also recognised the difference that Ronaldo made on the big occasion once again] In the first half we played beautifully. In the second half Real Madrid pushed the accelerator and we remained too static and sat back too long. We knew we were playing against a very strong team. It’s obvious that if somebody wins the Ballon d’Or and scores so many goals it’s a big advantage for Real Madrid. The only criticism I can make of my players is that after conceding the second goal we should have stayed in the game mentally to try to find solutions and equalise but we couldn’t do that

[Asked whether this was the end of an era for some of the Juventus players, Allegri replied] No, I don’t think that Juventus has reached the end of a cycle. [Gianluigi] Buffon will still be the Juventus goalkeeper next year, Andrea Barzagli will still be with us. These players still have a lot to give

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 08 23 Retrieve

[Juve coach Massimiliano Allegri selected Dybala to play just behind Ronaldo on Saturday, with Juan Cuadrado and Douglas Costa flanking them, and Sami Khedira and Miralem Pjanic manning the midfield] There were some good movements that were not rewarded by the midfielders. Those are movements that must be read from the back with the ball provided in the right spot

2018 12 07 Retrieve

[Marotta announced moments after the Bianconeri’s victory over Napoli in Turin on September 28 that his eight-year stint as sporting director would come to an end the following month due to the club’s desire to enact a profound renovation] I’m only learning this now. I cannot say anything else other than I always got on so well with him. I’m tied to him in a sporting sense but also emotionally

I was with him for four-and-a-half years, beautiful and important years. He’s the best director in Italy, perhaps even in Europe. He built Juve, together with Paratici, Nedved and the president. He made a very strong squad, winners on and off the field

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

2018 12 21 Retrieve

[Shortly after arriving in Italy 18 months ago, Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri observed] You can already see Rodrigo played with men in Argentina […] If he didn’t have [what it takes] I wouldn’t have made him play. Because it’s true that I’m crazy, but only up to a point…

[Allegri confessed a year ago] Rodrigo has surprised me a lot with how he has adapted to our mentality and the Italian league

2019 07 12 Retrieve

[former Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri on Nicolo Fagioli] We have a kid, from the 2001 category, and I’ll say this: watching him play is a pleasure

2019 08 06 Retrieve

[Massimiliano Allegri, for his part, was enthused by how quickly Joao Cancelo settled in Turin but felt that there was even more to come from the 25-year-old] I know that he’s already improved but he still needs to improve even more because he has extraordinary qualities. He’s still missing a little something to be the best right-back in the world

2019 09 02 Retrieve

[After the Moise Kean incident in April, Allegri rightly pointed out] It’s very simple: identify the [racists] and don’t give them a one or two-year ban – just give them a lifetime ban. We’ve got the technology; it can be done if the authorities want to. The problem is, they don’t really want to

2019 09 13 Retrieve

[Massimiliano Allegri lauded the mentality of Cristiano Ronaldo, while the former Juventus head coach believes Inter can win the Scudetto] His strength is on a mental level. The technique is fundamental to stay at high levels for many years, but the difference is made by the head and the professionalism. If I prefer to coach Ronaldo or a young talent? Ronaldo, without a doubt

[Reflecting on his exit] I have absolutely not regretted the choice made with Juventus, things must not be forced. After five years it was time to take a break, perhaps the president had understood it before me

At Juve I won both with him [Marotta] and without him. At Inter he built a strong team and with Conte he made a choice of weight on the bench. They can win the scudetto

2019 10 16 Retrieve

[Former Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri has attempted to pour cold water on reports he could be in line to become Manchester United’s next manager] I don’t speak English enough yet, but I’m learning

There are two ways to be a good trainer: authoritarian and liberal. I prefer the latter, so I listen more than I speak. Thanks to this strategy, I receive more information from the outside that positively changes my world. I still deny the validity of my ideas. I argue with myself. If I think that something is 100 per cent good, I am worried and consult on this opinion with the people around me. When I came to Turin after Antonio Conte, many thought I was screwed. That Juve is burned out. That the winning stage is over because the team is saturated. The situation was not perfect because I found a team that needed rebuilding. It’s exciting, but also at risk of failure, and Juventus is not the place where the latter is accepted. That’s why I had to look for ways to stimulate the group. I listened and changed

[While at AC Milan, Allegri claims he often had to calm Ibrahimovic down, and at Juve he felt he was able to give Mandzukic some much needed stability] In Milan, Ibrahimovic was still p*ssed off because others couldn’t keep up with his reasoning. Two years I explained to him that others do not play like him. He had to understand that. The coach should use the player as much as he can offer. That’s why Mandzukic is a special player for me. He gave me an amazing amount of room to manoeuvre. Great footballer. He often changed clubs, so he had a difficult patch. He stayed in one club for five years. This is one of my greatest successes

2019 11 05 Retrieve

[Allegri is currently on sabbatical after deciding to leave Juventus in the summer, but has been told to turn down Bayern in favour of Manchester United by fellow Italian Fabio Capello] He’d be a good fit at Bayern Munich, although I don’t know how welcome Italians are in Germany after [Carlo] Ancelotti. England’s exciting, there’s the possibility of working well and the Premier League is a championship that enriches you. If I was Allegri, I’d go to Manchester

2019 12 06 Retrieve

[Massimiliano Allegri vowed he will not take on a new job until midway through 2020] In June. I don’t know if you can call it a sabbatical or not. Giovanni Branchini [Allegri’s agent] and I immediately came to that decision. As soon as the relationship with Juventus came to an end the decision was to take a year out

Next year will be an important year. Important for the choice I end up making and the need to be prepared for it. After a year out and five years at Juventus, I don’t want to go back into the game and do badly. That would do my head in

[On his English lessons, Allegri – who has also been linked to Premier League giants Manchester United] I am taking lessons here in Milan. I manage to speak quite well. I find the listening part a bit more difficult. If I’m talking to someone who helps me out by speaking a little slower then I understand. I watch films [in English] and if I read something in English I understand it fine

2019 12 06b Retrieve

[While referencing Milan’s legendary former coach Arrigo Sacchi’s pro-active view on tactics] I’m seeing a great return for the counterattack. We mistakenly followed Guardiola for 20 years. Guardiola’s football was not for everyone. You have to have Iniesta, Xavi and Messi. We took a subject that related only to them as a lesson for everyone. Today I travel around, I see boys’ football, amateur football, I speak with the coaches and I hear things that scare me. When I hear Arrigo Sacchi talking about keeping the ball and having pro-active attitudes, I don’t understand what he’s saying and it annoys me. Why should playing vertically not be pro-active football? I saw the games of Sacchi 20 times. I remember the one at San Siro in which Milan scored five goals against Real Madrid. They played direct. It was a vertical Milan, counterattacking, which is not easy to do. But when you manage it, it’s a great spectacle

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. 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

2019 12 19b Retrieve

[Massimiliano Allegri believes the tactics that dominate Italian football are bullsht]</b> 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 bullsht. 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

In my ignorance I don’t even have a computer. 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

2019 12 21 Retrieve

[Massimiliano Allegri speaks about growing up watching horse racing] Federico Tesio, one of the greatest horse trainers ever, always used to say you need to go and see the horses in the morning and watch how they move their legs. It’s the same thing with players. You go and see the players and you watch how they move their legs. That’s how you find out whether they’re in good shape or not. Then you go inside [the training facility], you get the stats and see if they confirm what you saw or not

2020 02 20 Retrieve

[Allegri on his future plans] In September I need to come back. If I don’t I’ll get too used to being on holiday and I’ll never work again! I still have three more months of holiday and that’s good for me

[when quizzed whether he has been approached by PSG to replace Thomas Tuchel] I won’t speak about my future, because there isn’t anything to talk about for now, and also because it would be disrespectful to the other coaches to do so

[he said of his philosophy] Football is a question of mentality. You need to be strong mentally and make sacrifices. [Cristiano] Ronaldo is an example of that. There are good players with lots of talent who stay at the same level because they don’t have the mental strength

Right now, Klopp, since he left Borussia Dortmund for Liverpool, has made gigantic leaps forward. The great managers understand what kind of team they have in front of them, what kind of players they have, and to make them play as well as they can