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Allegri: "Those who have ambition don't have fear"

Allegri: "Those who have ambition don't have fear"

MASSIMO PINCA

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Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri took to Twitter to respond to the Champions League last 16 draw, which will see his side take on Atlético Madrid.

Massimiliano Allegri took to Twitter soon after learning that Juventus would face Atlético Madrid in the last 16 of the Champions League to remind supporters that he and his side would go into the tie without fear.

“Those who have ambition don’t have fear,” wrote the Juventus coach on his Twitter page in response to the Champions League draw, which will see Serie A giants travel to Madrid for the first leg, before the return leg in Turin.

The last time the two clubs met in the competition was in the group stages in the 2014/15 season, with the Turin tie ending 0-0 draw before Atlético went on to win 1-0 at home at the Vincente Calderón.

Nedved: “Atletico strongest possible opponent”

Former Juve player and current vice-president of the club, Pavel Nedved, took a more pessimistic tone than Allegri, saying that it would be a "very even and difficult" tie against the LaLiga club.

“We didn’t have much luck. Atlético are a difficult side to face, they are more of an Italian-style team than European,” said the former Czech Republic midfielder.

"They have a strong defence that plays well together, and they know how to play into the forwards with [Antoine] Griezmann and others. I foresee two very even matches, with few goals. We have drawn the strongest possible opponent, but there is no problem.”

Champions League

Table PTS W D L
1Juventus 12 4 0 2
2M. United 10 3 1 2
3Valencia 8 2 2 2
Full standing
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Atlético - Juventus M-12/02 21:00
Juventus - Atlético M-05/03 21:00
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*Update 17 de diciembre de 2018