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Agnelli urges Juventus to not lower their guard against Porto

Mon 14 December 2020 | 18:23

Andrea Agnelli, who was awarded ‘Best European president’ at the Golden Boy 2020, insists his side must keep their focus during the Champions League tie against Porto.

Juventus

were drawn with

Porto

for their Champions League’s last 16 round, the last time two sides confronted each other were back in 2016-17, where

Leonardo Bonucci

didn’t play the first-leg at Portugal because of disagreements with Max Allegri. Juventus’ president joked about their previous match where

Bonucci

sat on a stool.

“With a little bit of superstition, we joked saying we should immediately found a stool for Bonucci,”

Agnelli

said.

“We were eliminated from these competitions over the last few years despite being the favourites. We must never lower our guard, we need to face Porto with seriousness, they have a great European tradition.

“I want to share today’s award with every women and men working at Juventus,” he added.

“We would not be able to obtain these results without everyone’s efforts.”

‘Where does he see Juve in the next nine-ten years?’ he was asked.

"The reflection we have to make is linked to the time of our industry after the pandemic. The prediction of a €8-9 billion loss for the whole movement makes it clear the moment we are living.

“I see so much interest of financial institutions in our sector. I imagine Juventus to excel in Italy and Europe in ten years."

He went on to praise

Andrea Pirlo

and

Cristiano Ronaldo

after talking about Dybala’s contract expiration:

“We are fascinating by Pirlo’s ideas. It was nice to see how he formed the staff, there is attention, modernity and humanity. Football is judged by the results and reading the reports these days it looks like we passed from the stars to the stables pretty quickly.

"Ronaldo’s sense of humour is what no one would expect and we appreciate it every day,"

he concluded.


source: SportMob

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