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Massimiliano Allegri declares the strongest team in Europe

Massimiliano Allegri, Juventus
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After Juve’s penultimate pre-season friendly, the coach paid tribute to their opponents Real Madrid.

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Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri has hailed Real Madrid as ‘the strongest team in Europe’.

The Spanish and European champions defeated Juventus 2-0 in a friendly on Saturday. Karim Benzema’s first-half penalty, along with a second-half Marco Asensio tap-in, sealed Real Madrid the spoils of victory in California.

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The game concluded each club’s pre-season tour of the United States, with Allegri in an upbeat mood afterward despite the defeat.

“A good match that concluded a good 10 days’ work in the United States,” he said on the club’s website.

“We were up against the strongest team in Europe, and as long as it was possible to play, we did, trying to manage possession and not give the ball away. I am satisfied with the effort from the boys. We can still grow a lot, though, and there are players who have still to return. Tonight there were chances for both sides, and we should have managed ours with a little more patience.

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“Now we have a couple of days’ rest and then back to work because the season is approaching.”

Juventus will now prepare for a friendly against La Liga club Atletico Madrid this coming Sunday at the Bloomfield Stadium in Tel Aviv, Israel.