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Allegri: ‘I’m here for another three years’

Juventus coach Max Allegri was proud of his team following their 2-0 win over Fiorentina in the Coppa Italia and suggested that he will be at Juventus for at least three more years. The Bianconeri have been struggling for form of late but put in a convincing performance to beat their historic rivals.

Speaking to Mediaset after the game, Allegri dissected the match and what went right for team:

The midfielders did an excellent job, Rabiot is definitely doing better at finding forward runs and had a great chance with the disallowed goal.

We should congratulate the lads, as reaching the Final against Inter was an objective for the season. It had been a tough few days after the draw against Bologna, when we failed to make the most of the many chances we created.

Fiorentina are dangerous with their passing and speed if you give them a chance to run at you, but we did well to create those spaces in attack and defend well.

We should’ve scored a second goal earlier, as we misplaced the passes on the counter-attack.

This is football, we suffered and won. Those who came off the bench all did really well, we had a team spirit to reach this Final.

Now we must prepare for the next game in Serie A and try to recover some players. At one stage, I turned and asked someone to get warmed up, I’d forgotten he was injured and only realised when I saw he was dressed in normal clothes.

I could not ask for more from these lads, as for the last four months it’s been practically the same players all the time, they’re throwing their hearts out there. We did well defensively this evening, which had gone awry lately.

Looking at the fixture list, I’d say Fiorentina are the main challengers for fourth place.

Will I still be on the bench next year? I’ll be there for the next three! Having said that, Juventus must always challenge to win. The thing that most disappoints me is losing the head-to-head with Inter, because that is the result that decided the league.

It’s amusing anyway. Lapo is one of the top Juventus fans, it’s only natural that when we don’t win, we are disappointed. Being five games from the end and not being in the Scudetto race does annoy me. It can be motivation for next season, we can learn from that experience and also realise that in football and life you can’t always win.

Vlahovic? It’s only natural his fitness levels are dipping now, as he was not accustomed to playing every three days and threw himself into it. I keep saying, this lad is 22 years old, he lacks experience and needs that mental balance to deal with setbacks and not get upset with himself when things go wrong.

It makes me laugh, as I’d like to get everything you say, because from one day to the next it all changes.

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