Allegri’s adaptions: Juventus boss consistent in face of constant change

Max Allegri might have a hard time coming up with a catchy hashtag for this one. Three years have passed since the Juventus manager tweeted out “#fiuuu” (the Italian equivalent to ‘phewww!’) after his team beat Olympiacos 3-2 to avert a humiliating early Champions League exit.

The Italian champion beat its Greek counterpart again on Tuesday, 2-0 at the Karaiskakis Stadium in Piraeus. Juventus had kicked off knowing that a victory would guarantee its progress to the knockout stages of this year’s competition.

The victory, however, was not always assured: allowing Olympiacos back into the game after Juan Cuadrado‘s early goal, and almost conceding an equaliser when Ben Nabouhane headed against the crossbar. In the event, though, even a defeat would not have derailed it. Barcelona‘s win away to Sporting rendered Juve’s victory academic – since the Portuguese club had needed a win to overtake the Italian outfit.

Nevertheless, this was a result that Allegri could look on with satisfaction. He had insisted even before last Friday’s visit to Serie A leader Napoli that this was the more important game. League seasons are long, and leave room for the …read more