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    22.04.2015 23:53 - in: Champions League S

    Allegri lauds his troops after reaching UCL semis

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    The manager's post-match verdict from Monte Carlo: "A fantastic group of players. Now we get to test our mettle against the best sides in Europe. It won't be easy but it's sure to be exciting"

    Massimiliano Allegri knows perfectly well what it means to the Bianconeri to have reached a first Champions League semi-final since 2003, but being the boss he was quick to remind everyone that nothing has been achieved yet.

    Speaking to the media from the Stade Louis II after a gritty 0-0 draw saw Juve through to the last four of Europe's elite competition, he said: "It's a great result and we've managed it thanks to a fantastic group of players but it's not over yet.

    "Now we must try to bag the points needed to wrap up the Scudetto as quickly as possible, then we can test our mettle against the best sides in Europe. It won't be easy but it's sure to be exciting.

    "I really must congratulate the lads for the way they played and the maturity they showed tonight. You always have to adapt to the match and your opponents and remember that they set out to make it as hard as possible for you to play your game. It happened against Monaco and it happened before then against Atletico Madrid."

    So the low-key display had nothing to do with stage fright then? "No, it's just that our opponents defended deep and very well and we weren't able to bring the ball out of defence.

    "We played well technically but the game went the way it was always likely to go considering how Monaco play and our own qualities. We needed to reach the semi-finals, even if it meant playing a match that wasn't all that enjoyable."

    Whoever Juve face in the semi-finals, the tie is likely to serve up a very different tactical proposition and Allegri is upbeat about the Bianconeri's chances: "We'll be able to play our game more and that's to our advantage. We have to believe we can get into the final."

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