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Juventus' Champions League critics driving Max Allegri 'crazy'

Juventus' Champions League critics driving Max Allegri 'crazy'
From ESPN - February 13, 2018

TURIN, Italy -- Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri accused his team's critics of losing touch with reality after the 2-2 draw with Tottenham in the Champions League, claiming the hosts were never favourites for the match.

Juve squandered a 2-0 lead to draw 2-2 in the round-of-16 first leg and they were second best after Gonzalo Higuain's double -- a smart volley and a penalty -- had put them in complete control inside eight minutes.

Harry Kane halved the deficit before Higuain missed a second penalty and Juve were made to pay when Christian Eriksen equalised with a direct free kick after half-time.

Afterwards, a furious Allegri dismissed the suggestion that Juve -- who have reached two Champions League finals in the last three seasons -- are among the competition's favourites and said their priority is to a seventh successive Serie A title this year.

"Juventus has never been favourites in this tie. We had 50 percent possibility before the match and also after this match," Allegri said.

"Winning the Champions League is a dream, it's our objective but it's not easy at all. You have missed reality. Juve is playing to win the Champions League, but we are not the favourites.

"Every year we play to reach the final and we do our best and the players have to be very happy with their performances. I am happy with the players. Of course there's always room to improvement.

"Winning 3-0 should not be taken for granted. It's not so obvious. This drives me crazy because the size and impact of other teams is important. The priority of Juventus is the seventh championship and we are about to play in the Coppa Italia.

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