Massimiliano Allegri keeping his cool


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Massimiliano Allegri has warned his Juventus players not to get ahead of themselves, despite shutting out Barcelona on the way to qualifying for the last four of the Champions League.

The Bianconeri again showed their defensive prowess on Wednesday at the Nou Camp, holding the Blaugrana at arm’s length throughout the game to seal a 0-0 draw on the night and a 3-0 aggregate victory.

It marked the end of Barca’s 15-game winning streak at home in the Champions League and potentially the end of an era for the famous old club.

However, these are exciting times for La Vecchia Signora, with another Serie A-Coppa Italia double seemingly on the cards, while this could also be the year they add European success to their domestic dominance.

Juve are 2.88 to lift the trophy in Cardiff on June 3, with holders Real Madrid the 2.63 favourites.

Allegri admits his side took a huge step towards their goal on Wednesday but insists they still have plenty of room for improvement.

“We have to compliment the lads for all they are doing this season. It’s a step forward, a deserved qualification against a top level opponent,” he told Mediaset Premium.

“We did very well defensively, less so in attack where we failed to make the most of very promising counter-attacks.

We were under the normal amount of pressure here, but it was a decisive step on the road to Cardiff.

Barcelona failing to score goals over two legs is almost unheard of. The lads need to realise that they can do even better and we are slowly improving.”

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