While Massimiliano Allegri is predominately known for his coaching exploits, which have yielded two league titles and Coppa Italia and Italian Super Cup honours, the Tuscan was also a tidy creative midfielder in his day.
Enjoying spells with the likes of Livorno, Perugia and Cagliari, Allegri’s playing career may well be best remembered for netting a first-half equaliser against Juventus from the penalty spot, the first of five on an afternoon to forget for Bianconeri fans in the penultimate match of the 1992/93 season.
So, the question that kicked off the Juve boss’ Q&A session on Jtv this afternoon was a natural if not slightly left-field one: as the young playmaker slotted his spot-kick past Angelo Peruzzi, did he ever imagine that he would be attempting to guide the Old Lady to an historic fifth consecutive league title 23 years later?
"I was a young man at the time and had never even contemplated what I would do once my playing career came to an end, let alone that I would eventually be sitting in the Juventus dugout! I have some fantastic memories of Pescara and part of me will always feel at home there.”