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Ronaldo important but team must peform to beat Atletico - Allegri

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Ronaldo important but team must peform to beat Atletico - Allegri

Ronaldo important but team must peform to beat Atletico - Allegri

Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri says having Cristiano ronaldo in his team does give his side an advantage, but the whole team must perform if they are to beat Atletico Madrid in the Champions League.


Ronaldo important but team must peform to beat Atletico - Allegri


(SOUNDBITE) (Italian) JUVENTUS COACH, MASSIMILIANO ALLEGRI, SAYING: "To have Ronaldo for sure is an advantage because over the last ten or eleven years at Champions League level it has been Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi.

Therefore for us it is an advantage but the team has to deliver a strong performance.

In football, it's not directly proportional that if you have Ronaldo you will win.

When you have Ronaldo there are more chances of winning because he's the best player in the world." 2.


(SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) ATLETICO MADRID COACH, DIEGO SIMEONE, SAYING: "We play against a powerful rival, with many strengths and a powerful club behind it.

And above all, they have a coach that has been many years in the club, just as us.

With players with a lot of hierarchy and with an ability to suffer for the cause.

They have a lot of quality.

We will try using our weapons to take the match where we want it to go." STORY: Juventus coach Massmiliano Allegri said on Tuesday (February 19) having striker Cristiano Ronaldo in his team is an advantage but will not be enough alone when the Italian side visit Atletico Madrid for the first leg of the Champion League last 16 tie.

Allegri and counterpart Diego Simeone praised their rival squads, saying both are two of Europe's greatest teams over the last few years.

Allegri said German midfielder Sami Khedira was not included in the squad list due to injury and confirmed Argentinean playmaker Paulo Dybala will be in Wednesday's starting line-up.

Allegri squad have won the last seven Serie A titles, but many fans will also be eager to see Juventus lift the Champions League trophy at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Madrid on June 1 -- the same venue where they face Diego Simeone's Atletico on Wednesday.

Atletico, meanwhile, will try to improve their own recent mixed form.

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