Champions League

Allegri: We must not concede

2015-02-24 09:46
Massimiliano Allegri (Supplied)

Milan - The away goals rule was originally introduced into European football to encourage visiting teams to attack, yet Massimiliano Allegri's comments on Monday suggested it has become counter-productive.

The Juventus coach said that his team's priority at home to Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday would be not to concede, suggesting that the rule makes home teams cautious as much as encouraging away teams to attack.

"Playing at home, it is fundamental that we don't concede," the phlegmatic coach told reporters ahead of the first leg of the last 16 tie. "But it's going to be difficult because they score a lot of goals.

"Borussia have four very fast, technically gifted forwards. We've got to limit their strengths and try to play a good, intense, physical and technical game," he added.

Allegri also played down the importance of the match for the Serie A champions who failed to make the knockout stages last season.

"It's absolutely not the game of the season, when we have so many more games to play," he mused.

"It's not a final, it's a round of 16 match and there are 180 minutes to play."

Juventus host Borussia Dortmund at the Juventus Stadium, with kick-off scheduled for 21:45.

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