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Max Allegri: Juventus 'have a very good chance of winning Champions League'


Juventus coach Max Allegri believes his side "have a very good chance of winning the Champions League" after beating Monaco on Tuesday to reach the final.

The match in Cardiff, Wales, will be the second time in two years that Juventus will play in Europe's biggest game, after they lost 3-1 to Barcelona in 2015.

It will be another Spanish opponent this year, as Real Madrid hold a 3-0 edge over Atletico Madrid ahead of Wednesday's other semifinal second leg, and Allegri said Juventus are in a good position to claim the trophy.

"We are in the final and must try to win it," Allegri told Mediaset Premium. "Hopefully this is the right year. I think Juventus have a very good chance of winning the Champions League.

"Over two legs it's always more difficult. In a one-off game, you need to be focused on the details, because details make all the difference."

But Allegri also warned that the most difficult part of the season is just beginning, while also putting the spotlight on his players for the team's success.

"I am glad for the lads, they reached the final, but from tomorrow we have to focus, because we've won nothing yet," he said.

"I don't need to take credit for anything. I do my job, I do it with enthusiasm and calm. What I care about is getting results via the quality of the players at my disposal.

"I really enjoy coaching, that is what makes me relax. When the stress sets in and I no longer enjoy it, that's the time to change."

Juventus could claim a Treble this season, as they are close to claiming a sixth straight title in Serie A, with a seven-point lead over Roma and three games remaining, and also await the Coppa Italia final.

And Allegri said: "We need to be more concentrated, keep the ball better, but there are important games over the next month and we have to get the result against Roma or risk putting the Scudetto back in doubt. There's the Coppa Italia Final with Lazio too."

At 39, Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon says he has not given up on his dream of lifting the Champions League trophy for the first time.

Buffon, who was a losing finalist with Juventus in 2003 and 2015, said: "If we'd taken to the pitch thinking we were already through we would have found it tough, we were ready to react to everything they threw at us.

"That's how we got through. We've got to Cardiff -- I won't say it was our aim because getting to the final means nothing. I'm really happy because I'm in good shape. I can't deny the fact that if we didn't have a great team getting there wouldn't be possible.

"Two years ago everyone thought it was my last final -- but you have to believe in your dreams and believe in what you do."

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