The Old Lady set for three more years of Allegri

Massimiliano Allegri has agreed a new three-year deal with Juventus, just days after being humiliated at the hands of Real Madrid in the Champions League Final.

Post-Cardiff, Allegri had been linked with Paris Saint-Germain – clearly a man who likes taking pride in dominating leagues with no more than one genuine challenger for the title – but the new deal indicates that the former Milan manager feels like there’s unfinished business in Turin.

Allegri was also linked with the Arsenal job, as speculation about Arsene Wenger’s future remained up in the air. However, we can all put that down to not in the know journalists, being devoid of insight or exclusives (they really are non-existent or genuine these days), just putting two and two together and getting five.

If Allegri is opting to remain at the Juventus Stadium, in order to banish the ghosts of Cristiano Ronaldo from Cardiff, it means the former Livorno player will need a fresh approach to how he utilises the talents of Gianluigi Buffon et al.

The night at the Millennium Stadium started off well, with Juventus’ FIFA 17 all-out-attack approach causing disruption in the Los Blancos defence. However, the pathetic second-half showing for the Old Lady saw Zidane win the managerial battle, with subtle tactical tweaks reducing Juventus’ famed rearguard to something not too dissimilar to Sunderland’s.

Allegri, who has three Serie A and three Coppa Italia titles to his name as Juve manager, failed to learn from when Barcelona comfortably picked off Juventus in the 2015 Champion League Final. And should the Italian decide not to take lessons from the Real Madrid humiliation, more heartbreak for Juventus will ensue.

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