‘Juve must be cocky in Europe’

Demetrio Albertini believes Juventus just need to be cocky in Europe to improve, and that they should ‘fly through’ the group stages.

For the retired midfielder, the Biacnoneri will do better than last year in the Champions League and can advance from the group stages of the tournament, even if competition for first place in the group is strong from his former side Atletico Madrid.

Demetrio Albertini believes Juventus just need to be cocky in Europe to improve, and that they should ‘fly through’ the group stages.

For the retired midfielder, the Biacnoneri will do better than last year in the Champions League and can advance from the group stages of the tournament, even if competition for first place in the group is strong from his former side Atletico Madrid.

“Atletico remain the favourite, despite losing to Olympiacos. I think that they will fly out of the group stages along with Juventus,” Albertini has considered today to Tuttosport.

“First place in the group will be decided in the challenge in Madrid at the start of October. The strength of Atletico remains with Diego Simeone. He is one who says: ‘It is not about being the strongest, but having those who believe more in what they are doing’.

“And that is the right philosophy. But Juventus have a human element and a club that is so strong that it places Allegri with the best conditions.

“In Europe, you must not be afraid. You need to be a bit cocky. Knowing that you do not win just by defending, but by attacking.

“To put fear into your opponent counts for a lot in Europe. Compared to Conte, Allegri has a more experienced team, internationally. That is one advantage.

“Also, this Juventus must believe that they can get to the final. Atletico has shown that you can reach the final even if you are not billed as the best.

Roma must also believe, despite being in the Group of Death.”

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