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Allegri says Juventus are victims of own success after clinching Coppa Italia final berth

SoccerNews in Serie A 24 Apr 2024

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Massimiliano Allegri declared Juventus have been victims of their own success this season after watching his Bianconeri side eliminate Lazio to reach the Coppa Italia final on Tuesday.

Juventus took a 2-0 lead into Tuesday’s semi-final second leg at Stadio Olimpico but saw that advantage wiped out when Valentin Castellanos scored either side of half-time.

However, a late strike from Arkadiusz Milik handed Juventus a 3-2 aggregate success and ensured they will appear in their eighth Coppa Italia final in the last 10 years.

Despite Juventus having a chance to lift their first major trophy since 2021 and being on course for a return to the Champions League, Allegri has continued to be criticised by sections of the media.

He believes Tuesday’s achievement should be celebrated, however, saying: “It’s never easy to reach a final, in the last three years we have played two Coppa Italia finals.

“Now we must concentrate on Serie A, as we have not yet achieved Champions League qualification and this weekend it’s the head-to-head with Milan.”

Juventus sit third in Serie A ahead of Saturday’s home clash with the Rossoneri, and with Italy guaranteed five Champions League places for next season, they are almost certain to be back among Europe’s elite in 2024-25.

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