Massimiliano Allegri has no regrets after choosing Juventus over Real Madrid despite the Bianconeri’s 15-point penalty in Serie A.
Juve were penalised on Friday after an investigation into past transfer dealings, which the club are expected to appeal, before sharing the spoils in a 3-3 thriller with Atalanta two days later.
The stalemate saw the Bianconeri – who were third before the points deduction – move up to ninth, though they trail fourth-placed Roma by 14 points as they bid for an unlikely Champions League qualification.
Allegri vowed to stay at Juve after the punishment and reiterated his commitment on Sunday as he suggested he made the right choice in rejecting Madrid, who he had agreed a contract with in July 2021 before an approach from the Bianconeri.
“I never regret my choices, when they are made at that moment they are right,” the Juve coach told Sky Sport Italia.
“I am very happy to be at Juventus, in life there are always difficulties that help you grow, I am happy to be part of this club and I have no regrets.
“When I make choices I am convinced of them, of course, I don’t have a crystal ball. We are making young people develop and there are the foundations for a good future.”
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Juve appointed Francesco Calvo as their new chief football officer in the wake of the points deduction, after former president Andrea Agnelli and the rest of his board resigned in November.
Calvo will report to new chief executive officer Maurizio Scanavino following the latter’s appointment earlier this week, though Allegri does not want to be distracted by the off-field ongoings in Turin.
“We have to think only of football and not get distracted by what’s happening outside,” Allegri said when asked about Calvo.
“It was important to get a result and we hope to win again on Sunday [at home to Monza]. It’s not easy to find yourself tenth in the standings, but everything is still open.
“The team scored 38 points, it’s Napoli who are flying at a difficult level to reach. We have a group that has pride and responsibility, we are Juve and we must bring the most glorious team in Italy to the top.
“We need a little madness and recklessness, perhaps hoping that the others will start to lose. It’s all still to play for.”
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