Juventus became the first Italian team since Inter Milan back in 2010 to reach the final of the Champions League.
They were seen as one of the underdogs in the tournament, but still managed to knock off the likes of Real Madrid and set up a match against Barcelona. Overwhelming favourites Barcelona managed to clinch the trophy 3-1, but it could have been very different had not been for some poor finishing by the Italians. After having based much of their game on a strong defence, Juventus found themselves extremely unlikely to lose goals via mistakes.
Their former manager Antonio Conte, who is currently in charge of the national team, says that the form shown by the club this season has certainly surprised him. During his few years with the Turin-based outfit,Conte managed to attain legendary status after having seen them get promoted from the second division to becoming the champions of Italy once again. If there was a criticism ofConte, it was that Juventus did not do well in the Champions League. In his defence,Conte was having a team that was still being heavily rebuilt for the European campaign. Since taking over the Italian national team after a disappointing World Cup,Conte has overseen a mediocre performance in the Euro 2016 qualification phase.
“I was aware of the quality and strength of the team, but I thought it would take two or three more years to get far in Europe.I can say it surprised me, but I knew that he [Allegri] would do well.The directors and owners deserve credit as well as Allegri, it was a great season.I don’t think that Pirlo is thinking about leaving the national team.He hasn’t told me anything. I know that he has the desire and passion of a young child.He’s a charismatic and quality player and I will always keep him in consideration,” said Conte.