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Allegri rates Juventus’ Champions League chances after points deduction

Massimiliano Allegri, Juventus
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The Bianconeri slipped to the tenth spot in Serie A after the Italian Football Federation confirmed their punishment on Friday.

Massimiliano Allegri has admitted Juventus must “do something extraordinary” to reach the Champions League after their massive points deduction.

Following an investigation into Juve’s transfer records, the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) confirmed significant punishments for the club and its former officials on Friday.

As a result of their 15 points deduction, Juventus have slipped to the tenth spot on the Serie A table. Allegri’s side are 12 points off the Champions League zone with 20 matchdays remaining.

Speaking ahead of Sunday’s clash against Atalanta, Allegri said: “When they told me that the request was nine points, I immediately made the calculation on the distance from the Champions League.

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“When I heard the sentence of 15 points, I made another one – points that we would need to go to the Champions League. To get there, you have to do something extraordinary.”

Juventus have confirmed their intention to appeal the sanction. But Allegri expects his players not to get distracted by the off-pitch issues ahead of their next league game.

“We must not start again, these judicial events concern society,” Allegri added. 

“There will be an appeal, as the lawyers have communicated. We must think only of the field.

“Given the new standings, which is a fact for the moment, we have 22 points, and we must try to win tomorrow to get to 25.”