Allegri revels in Juventus title celebrations

The coach saluted supporters as they celebrated Serie A and Coppa Italia success and called on his players to enjoy the moment before the Champions League final

Massimiliano Allegri said Juventus’ celebrations after their final home game of the season represented a perfect tribute to the club’s fans.

An under-strength Juve side impressively defeated Napoli 3-1 on Saturday as they continued their momentum ahead of the Champions League final against Barcelona in Berlin on June 6.

After the match, the players paraded their Serie A and Coppa Italia trophies, while Allegri spoke of his happiness at having won over the supporters after initially receiving a frosty reception when he replaced Antonio Conte in the summer.

“It was a wonderful day of celebration, culminating in a great victory,” the coach said to Sky Sport Italia.

“It was the right way to salute the fans and we are satisfied. The lads proved they want to continue winning and playing good football. We put in a good and intense performance with those who haven’t played as much this season.

“We enjoyed ourselves, especially in the second half. I had fun too!

“At the start scepticism was normal, but the team worked to achieve certain targets and continue winning. I am very happy, as I have a good rapport with the fans, one of mutual respect.

“I always work hard and might not be considered likeable because I don’t express my joy that often, but within me I feel many emotions. It is normal, otherwise life would be dull and monotonous.”

Allegri has given his players three days off to enjoy their success before they face Verona in an away game next weekend to wrap up the Serie A season ahead of their vital trip to Germany.

The former AC Milan boss was reluctant to focus too heavily on the upcoming final against Barca as they bid to seal a stunning treble, but did concede his side have a tough task on their hands.

Allegri said: “There is no specific method to win a final. After achieving our objectives, this final creates the right sense of tension.

“It is important to play the game on the field and not beforehand. We must rest now, otherwise we won’t be able to walk come June 6.

“When Leo Messi gets the ball you don’t know where he’s going to go with it. This team is different compared to Pep Guardiola’s Barça [who he faced with Milan] but they both have vicious passing trajectories. You need a great defensive performance to stop them.”