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Allegri: Courageous Juve


Max Allegri reveals he told Juventus to ''have courage'' against Real Madrid to earn their spot in the Champions League Final.

He won the Scudetto, reached the Coppa Italia Final and is now in Juve's first Champions League Final for 12 years.

''I have an extraordinary group of players. It was an impressive semi-final with chances for both sides, though we should've done more with our opportunities in the first half,'' he told Sport Mediaset.

''We've earned our place in the Final and now that we're there we hope to do well!''

A 2-1 first leg victory in Turin was followed by a 1-1 draw at the Bernabeu this evening.

''In the second half they had two or three clear chances, as did we, so I cannot say anything to the team for what they did tonight and throughout the whole year.

''We're also in the Coppa Italia Final and we have to prepare for that too, as it is an important objective.''

Because the Champions League Final is on June 6, the Coppa Italia Final with Lazio moves from June 7 to May 20.

''I knew the game would go like this tonight. I told the lads they needed courage and to play well technically.

''I think it is also important for Italian football than one of our teams is back in the Champions League Final.

''Isco and Rodriguez aren't particularly strong defensively, so I told my players the more we push them towards their own goal, the better.''

The Final is against Luis Enrique's Barcelona, who obliterated Bayern Munich in the semi-final and are on their way to the Liga title.

''Barcelona are an almost impossible side to play against, but it's one thing to face them over two legs and another in a one-off match. Anything can happen there.

''We are in good physical shape, they have a stratospheric front three and we go to Berlin convinced we can bring home the trophy.''

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