While Barcelona’s win over Manchester City made headlines, Italian football club Juventus also made waves as it beat Borussia Dortmund 3-0 to advance to the quarterfinals of the ongoing Champions. And with the win, the team was all praises towards their coach Massimiliano Allegri.

“I just want to emphasise and bestow the highest honor to our coach, Massimiliano Allegri, who was greeted with the utmost skepticism earlier in the season,” Juventus general director Giuseppe Marotta enthusiastically declared during the post-game presscon.

“Max had great courage to sit on this bench, but also showed great courage in achieving these results,” Marotta added. “We are first in the league with a great lead, we progressed with great credit to the quarter-finals of the Champions League. A big round of applause goes to the coach and the team that has done well to follow his work.:

However, Allegri humbly downplayed the praise, saying that it was a whole team effort. “We played very well especially in the second half. Our team is great technically and physically. We have an extraordinary squad and Carlos Tevez up front is top quality,” the coach said, referring to forward Carlos Tevez’s performance during the match.

Allegri also shied away from speculating on how far their team will be able to go after this stage. “It was a beautiful night, but now we must not stop: we must look forward, and wait for the draw,” he said to reporters.

“We played an important game, taking home an important result for Italian football. This team must be aware of the ability they have and I think we have the quality to do even better than we did against Dortmund. “

Juventus already won the first leg of their match against Borussia 2-1 in Turin, before finishing with the impressive victory at the Signal Iduna Park stadium. This is the team;s first appearance in the quarterfinals of the Champions League in two years.

Paul Koroma

I learned all about life with a ball at my feet. Soccer allows me to push the limitation of creativity and express myself without saying a word. Soccer is my addiction. I train. I play, and I repeat every single day.

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