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Allegri reminisces about his time at Juventus as he leads Bianconeri to a victory in his 400th game

Max Allegri marked his 400th match in charge of Juventus with a 4-0 victory over Frosinone in the Coppa Italia.

Despite being in his second and somewhat different stint in Turin, Allegri expressed that he continues to experience “great passion and fun.” Juventus swiftly secured a 2-0 lead before halftime, and Arkadiusz Milik completed a hat-trick immediately after the break.

Kenan Yildiz added the fourth with an acrobatic volley on Weston McKennie’s cross in the 60th minute, setting up a two-legged semi-final against Lazio. The victory was noteworthy considering Frosinone had previously eliminated Napoli with a 4-0 win in the Round of 16 at the Stadio Maradona last month.

This milestone also marks a significant achievement for Allegri, who celebrated his 400th game on the Juventus bench across two different managerial spells. Cristiano Giuntoli, the director of sport, hinted that Allegri could potentially reach 600 or 700 games in the future.

“I thank the lads for a great performance, they enjoyed themselves and entertained the crowd too. The director has too much faith in me! We have to focus on the present and the immediate future,” the coach told Mediaset.

“Now there’s a wonderful semi-final against Lazio coming up in April, but before that we need to keep our focus on Serie A.”

Allegri reveals his ‘great passion’ for Juventus

The dates for the Coppa Italia semi-finals between Juventus and Lazio, and Atalanta and Fiorentina, will feature the first leg around April 3 and the second leg around April 24.

“I have great passion for my job, I have great fun and had the opportunity to train real champions at Juventus from 2010 to 2019. I returned and it was a different approach, but still just as enjoyable, so these are players with less experience, but a lot of talent, so it’s good to help them adapt.

“Just look at Bremer, who is a different player now to what he was when he first arrived. It takes a while at Juventus to realise quite where you are and what is needed from you. I see them growing, these are good lads and that is the most important thing for me.”

In Serie A, Juventus typically score infrequently, seldom exceeding one goal per game. However, in the Coppa Italia, they achieved a notable contrast by defeating Salernitana 6-1 and following up with a 4-0 victory over Frosinone.

“The fact we managed to keep a clean sheet was good, as recently we had been conceding a bit too easily. We must realise the various moments of the match, when to push hard and when to control, and the team has improved in that sense.

“Winning games is always complicated, even when they look easy in hindsight, and we must continue improving in many areas. We were a bit too tense in the first half and struggled playing out from the back, so need to work on that.”

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.


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