Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri reaffirmed his long-term commitment to the club after he’d helped the Bianconeri to their third Coppa Italia final on the bounce.
Juve beat Vincenzo Italiano’s Fiorentina in vintage Allegri style on Wednesday night to progress as 3-0 aggregate victors. The visitors completed much of the stylish work and they dominated the ball, but it was the hosts who were crucially more efficient in attack as goals from Federico Bernardeschi and Danilo sunk Italiano’s side.
The Bianconeri still risk enduring their first trophyless season since 2010/11, but they now have the opportunity to claim back-to-back Coppa Italia crowns. Victory in this competition last season was a distinct highlight under Andrea Pirlo’s tutelage.
Max Allegri commits his long-term future to Juventus after Fiorentina win
Allegri signed a four-year deal last summer that keeps him in Turin until the end of the 2024/25 season. Reports suggest that his suspected €7m salary makes him the highest-paid coach in Serie A, alongside Jose Mourinho.
And while the lack of progress made under the returning manager has been a concern this season, claiming victory in the Coppa Italia will almost guarantee his place in the dugout for the start of the 2022/23 campaign.
Allegri, though, is looking beyond that. He wants to lead this Juventus rebuild and return the club to the apex of European football.
After Wednesday’s victory, the Juve boss said (via @JuveFC): “Will I be in charge of Juventus next year? I’ll also be in charge for the next three!”
I’m sure Allegri’s statement will concern some supporters, who’d be happy with seeing him depart in the summer – no matter how the rest of the season plays out.
Following on, the Juve boss, who had been so coy on his side’s chances of claiming the Scudetto throughout their 16-game unbeaten run, admitted that the Derby d’Italia was key in determining the club’s fate. Allegri hinted that victory over Inter earlier this month would’ve thrust Juve into serious contention, saying that the Nerazzzurri’s triumph “decided the Scudetto”.