Massimiliano Allegri hopes that Juventus avoid facing Barcelona in the quarter-finals of the Champions League for the second year running. Juve were staring down the barrel of elimination at the hands of Tottenham after Son Heung-min broke the deadlock in the 39th minute to make it 3-2 on aggregate in the second leg at Wembley.
However, the Serie A outfit were a rejuvenated side after the break and the introduction of wing-backs Stephan Lichtsteiner and Kwadwo Asamoah swung the momentum in their favour. Gonzalo Higuain pulled one back in the 64th minute and Paulo Dybala scored the deciding goal just three minutes later to knock Spurs out.
Asked which teams he wants to avoid in the next round, Juve boss Allegri told Viasport Fotball: ‘The only team that I don’t want are Barcelona. ‘Because, every year, Barcelona, Barcelona, Barcelona. Now stop!’ Juventus had Barca in their group this season, knocked them out in the quarter-finals last term and, of course, lost in the final to the Catalan giants in 2015.
ALLEGRI: – The only team I don't want is Barcelona. Because every year, Barcelona, Barcelona, Barcelona. Now stop!
— Viasport Fotball (@ViasportFotball) March 7, 2018
Allegri believes Real Madrid and Barcelona remain the favourites to win the Champions League. ‘People talk about Real Madrid and Barcelona, who are perhaps up there with the favourites,’ he added. ‘But that doesn’t mean that we’re not going to be able to compete.