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The Italian coach Massimiliano Allegri, former Juventus and Milan manager among other teams, gave an interview to the newspaper Corriere della Sera in which he reviewed his career, his life off the benches and how he sees football now that he is not training. He talked about Guardiola, Klopp and his future among other topics that we review next.
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"We mistakenly followed Guardiola for 20 years. This football wasn't for everyone. You have to have Iniesta, Xavi and Messi. We took a subject that related only to them as a lesson for everyone."
"I'm seeing a great return for the counter-attack."
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Allegri talked about his vision of current football, now that he has time to analyze it from the outside since he finished his successful stage at Juventus last May. "The first thing I am seeing is that African players are taking football to the physical side. Quality is still important, but the trend is changing. The second thing is that we are witnessing a great return of counter-attacking football," he said.
It is also clear to the coach born in Livorno that football, in general, is changing. "Yes, we have been mistakenly following Guardiola for 20 years. Pep found the exception, but it is not a football for everyone. That historic club was born of great players who applied high pressure and pushed the rival defenses towards their area. At the same time, the midfielders go up and your defense can reach the center of the field. But to do that you must have Iniesta, Xavi, and Messi in your team. We have taken as a common argument what was an exception," the 52-year-old explained.
FROM SACCHI TO KLOPP
Allegri also showed his preference for a counterattacking game, and although he knows he has many detractors, the coach defends his posture. "It's a sensitive issue. "When I hear [Arrigo] Sacchi talking about keeping the ball and having pro-active attitudes, I don't understand what he's saying and it annoys me. Why should playing vertically not be pro-active football? I saw the games of Sacchi 20 times. I remember the one at San Siro in which Milan scored five goals against Real. They played direct. It was a vertical Milan, counter-attacking, which is not easy to do but when you manage it, it's a great spectacle."
In the same way, Allegri spoke of another of the top coaches in the world, Jürgen Klopp: "He plays modern football. With three attackers who press the defense even in their area. With Mané, Salah and Firmino you must play vertically. Klopp understood this and used it. They search the space permanently behind the rival's defense. I don't understand why that should be embarrassing for anyone. One thing is to defend yourself looking for a draw, and another thing is to lead the attack from the defense."
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With several important club benches looking for a prestigious occupant, Allegri’s name has been in many related news that links him to a future in Bayern Munich or in Arsenal, but for the Italian is clear that it’s still not the right moment. “Until next season I will not train. Before that it won’t happen. Now I enjoy watching football. In the morning I go with my eight-year-old son to the soccer tournament. Then, during the afternoon and the evening in front of the television we start watching football too. But it has little value, because at the end of the day my son tells me that he wants to be a Formula 1 driver."
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