Allegri reveals list of favourites for Champions League this season

MaxAllegri lists ‘Liverpool, Bayern, Man City, Real Madrid and PSG’ as his favourites to win the Champions League… with Juventus boss discounting his own side and champions Chelsea

  • Juventus endured a tough start to the season but are gaining momentum 
  • Massimiliano Allegri’s men are not among the front-runners in Europe
  • Manager says Liverpool, Bayern, Manchester City, Real and PSG are favourites 

Massimiliano Allegri does not consider his Juventus side to be competing for the Champions League this season. 

The Turin club have already qualified for the last 16 but will aim to take top spot from Chelsea on the final matchday of the group stage on Wednesday when they take on Malmo. 

Even if the Italian giants qualify for the knockout phase as group winners, Allegri ranks them below their rivals in terms of their capacity to go on and lift the trophy. 

Massimiliano Allegri (right) does not count his Juventus side among the top contenders

Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City and Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool can win the Champions League, according to Allegri, who listed them among his favourites to lift the trophy

He told the club’s website: ‘Winning is important, because when you win games you are more satisfied and you work with greater serenity. 

‘I think the favourites for this edition of the Champions League are: Liverpool, Bayern, Manchester City, Real and PSG.

‘We have to create the conditions to do better than in the last two years in the Champions League. 

‘We have to get into the Last 16 in good condition and then another tournament begins. On Monday we’ll see who we draw and you also need some luck to go your way.

‘We are a little more organised on the pitch, but it’s not certain that we will use the same formation from the last few matches throughout the season. For example: tomorrow we have players available to play out on the wings.’

Chelsea hammered Juventus at Stamford Bridge in the last round of games but it was interesting to see the manager did not include the defending champions among his list of favourites. 

Juventus were slow starters this season but are gradually gathering momentum 

In terms of team news for the game against Malmo, the 54-year-old added: ‘Tomorrow Mattia Perin will play in goal, Daniele Rugani, Alex Sandro and Adrien Rabiot will also all start. 

‘I hope that I can give some minutes to Mattia de Sciglio too. As for the rest, we’ll see, we also have to play well in order to prepare for Saturday.

‘Dejan Kulusevski will be back next week. Both Koni De Winter and Fabio Miretti will be called up for the game, Matias Soulé cannot be on List B. We hope to give some minutes to these guys who deserve it. Arthur could also play tomorrow.

‘Paulo Dybala needs to play and tomorrow he will. Leonardo Bonucci could also be another who starts.’ 

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