12 February 2024
It is impossible to think of recounting all the hundreds of matches in which, from August 2014 to today, Massimiliano Allegri has sat on the Juventus bench in his seven-and-a-half years in black and white. For this reason we have chosen only the round figures, celebrated - not even on purpose (but in true Allegri style) – with victory. Victories which in their own way tell the story of the journey made in these first 405 matches as Juventus coach.
FIRST MATCH: CHIEVO 0-1 JUVENTUS, 30 AUGUST 2014 (SERIE A)
A narrow victory, but a match that somehow already contained in its microcosm some of the founding aspects on which Massimiliano Allegri's years at the helm of Juventus would be rooted. Certainly the unpredictability, given that on that August day in Verona starting alongside Carlos Tevez (who also hit the crossbar, in a match that the Bianconeri could have won by much more in terms of goals) was a very young Kingsley Coman - making his debut with Juventus. But then in the end an own goal from Biraghi that arrived after just 6 minutes was enough to bring home the three points: the rest was taken care of, above all, by defensive solidity, an obsession since Mr Allegri's first day in Turin.
100TH MATCH: TORINO 1-4 JUVENTUS, 20 MARCH 2016 (SERIE A)
This too was a special victory, in a derby dominated away against Torino which established Juve’s dominance not only in the city, but in Italy as well: a success in fact which coincided with the 20th consecutive match unbeaten, a run made up of 19 wins and a draw. Not only that: on that day came another great consecration of the exceptional work done, with Andrea Belotti's goal from the spot ending Gianluigi Buffon's consecutive unbeaten streak at 973 minutes - an all-time record in Serie A. A record that also made Coach Allegri very happy.
200TH MATCH: FIORENTINA 0-2 JUVENTUS, 9 FEBRUARY 2018 (SERIE A)
A difficult away match, as always happens in Florence, and a victory in the second half secured by the most-booed player of the evening: Federico Bernardeschi, who broke the deadlock with a free-kick, before Gonzalo Higuain's encore in the final stages saw out the result and allowed Juventus to continue on in the Scudetto race with Napoli, in one of the most exciting league seasons among the many won by Allegri in black and white. The strength of redemption, the ability to wait for the right moment in the match to land the killer blow, the level-headedness in knowing how to bring home the three points: a script that we have often seen in recent years with Allegri on the bench.
300TH MATCH: JUVENTUS 2-0 UDINESE, 15 JANUARY 2022 (SERIE A)
Winning even in difficult moments: Juventus beat Udinese at home despite controversies, disagreements and all kinds of adversity. The guests were unable to respond to goals from Paulo Dybala and Weston McKennie, in a match that ended Allegri losing his voice, having spent the final part of the match waving his arms asking for concentration and calm in managing the match. Yep, that's become another trademark too.
400TH MATCH: JUVENTUS 4-0 FROSINONE, 11 JANUARY 2024 (COPPA ITALIA)
The most recent, however, arrived a few weeks ago, Coach Allegri’s 400th match coinciding with reaching the semi-final of the Coppa Italia - another pleasant habit of the Allegri era. A victory that came thanks to Arek Milik's hat-trick and concluded with a sweet volley by Kenan Yildiz - the symbol of the youngsters on the launching pad in this latest version of Juventus and of the ability to look after and develop talent. A path we continue following together with our record-breaking coach.