Juve held, Al­le­gri wary of Monaco

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - WORLD - Agence France­presse

Ju­ven­tus coach Mas­si­m­il­iano Al­le­gri un­der­lined the po­ten­tial threat from Cham­pi­ons League semi­fi­nal op­po­nents Monaco after be­ing held to a 2-2 Serie A draw at “sim­i­lar” Ata­lanta on Fri­day.

Juve trav­elled to Berg­amo well aware of the en­su­ing dan­ger from Ata­lanta, who took three points from Napoli, Roma and In­ter Mi­lan at their Atleti Az­zurri d’italia Sta­dium ear­lier this sea­son. Min­utes after Dani Alves thought he had snatched a valu­able away win with a great, late div­ing header to hand Juve a 2-1 lead, Swiss mid­fielder Remo Freuler bun­dled past Gian­luigi Buf­fon at the sec­ond at­tempt to snatch a de­served share of the spoils.

Ju­ven­tus face Monaco in the Prin­ci­pal­ity on Wed­nes­day, and Al­le­gri be­lieves Leonardo Jardim’s men are “sim­i­lar” to Ata­lanta. “A win tonight would have given us a fair boost in the cham­pi­onship stakes,” Al­le­gri told Me­di­aset. “But now, we have to fo­cus on Wed­nes­day’s match. Monaco are a side that are sim­i­lar to Ata­lanta, so we’ll have to be good.”

On Fri­day’s per­for­mance, the French Ligue 1 side can have cause for op­ti­mism. Gian Piero Gasperini’s men were en­ter­pris­ing, de­ter­mined and, on two key oc­ca­sions, found a way past the usu­ally as­tute Juve de­fence to find a way past Buf­fon.


Bay­ern Mu­nich will be crowned Bun­desliga cham­pi­ons for the fifth straight sea­son by beat­ing Wolfs­burg away on Sat­ur­day after sec­ond-placed RB Leipzig were held to a goal­less draw by 10-man In­gol­stadt.

Leipzig’s re­sult at their Red Bull Arena, where de­fender Al­fredo Mo­rales was sent off with four min­utes left to play, left Bay­ern seven points clear with the Bavar­i­ans still hav­ing four games to play.

Leipzig, mean­while, can only claim a max­i­mum nine fur­ther points. A 22nd league win this sea­son, and three more points at Wolfs­burg’s Volkswagen Arena, will con­firm Carlo Ancelotti’s team as cham­pi­ons for the 27th time.

It would be con­so­la­tion for Wed­nes­day’s 3-2 German Cup semi­fi­nal de­feat at home to Borus­sia Dort­mund which robbed Ancelotti the chance of em­u­lat­ing pre­de­ces­sor Pep Guardi­ola with the do­mes­tic dou­ble in his first sea­son.

Dort­mund, who face Ein­tra­cht Frank­furt in the German Cup fi­nal on May 27, hold onto third place, which would mean a di­rect Cham­pi­ons League place next sea­son, de­spite their goal­less draw at home to Cologne.


Ju­ven­tus' for­ward Paulo Dy­bala (left) vies with Ata­lanta's de­fender An­drea Masiello dur­ing their Serie A match in Berg­amo.

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