Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri has admitted the Bianconeri will struggle to make the Champions League final despite securing a first ever Serie A title.
“The first thing we need to do is to improve,” Allegri told reporters after his side’s 1-1 draw with Udinese on Saturday.
“The Champions League is our main priority, but there are many things we need now.”
Despite finishing second in Serie A last season, Juventus have now finished outside the top six in five of the past six seasons and are yet to win a major trophy since 2009.
The club are also yet to qualify for the Champions Cup for the first time since 2009-10 and are still without a Champions League qualification spot after finishing in the top four last season.
It remains to be seen whether Allegri’s side will challenge for the Europa League and, if so, if they will be allowed to enter the competition.
Despite Allegri admitting that they are yet too young to be playing in the Champions league, they will face a tougher task to get into the competition’s elite group.
Their opponents in the first round will be Juventus, the Italian champions, and Barcelona’s La Liga champions.
Barcelona have won the Champions’ League twice since 2003, while Barcelona’s previous two Champions League winners, Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid, are all from Europe.
Although Allegri is not expecting the Catalan giants to have much difficulty in qualifying for the competition, he admitted that the Champions should not be overlooked.
Barcelona are a team with a lot of quality and they have a lot to prove,” Allegria said.
Allegri also said that he expects to be able to bring his team back to the Nou Camp in time for the final, despite the lack of competition at the Bernabeu. “
But we are a good team, and if we have the right qualities to win the Champions, we will be in a good position to do so.”
Allegri also said that he expects to be able to bring his team back to the Nou Camp in time for the final, despite the lack of competition at the Bernabeu.
He added: “I believe that it will be possible.
We will not have the chance to win any more trophies until we win the league.
I don’t think we have a chance to do anything until the final of the Champions.”
This article originally appeared on Football Itama.
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