Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Allegri wants more as Juve target club record

02 February 2016, 17:31

Milan - Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri believes his impressive crop of young stars can achieve even more as they target a club record of 13 successive league wins with the visit of Genoa on Wednesday.

The four-time consecutive champions have put their miserable start to the season behind them and closed to within two points of leaders Napoli following a 4-0 rout of Chievo in Verona on Sunday.

After being ruled out of title contention at the start of the season, Allegri was only too happy to announce the Old Lady is back with a bang.

"Our 12 consecutive wins are a signal to the rest of the league that we are back in contention for the title," Allegri said on Sunday.

But Allegri expects more from the likes of Paul Pogba, Alvaro Morata and Paulo Dybala -- who are integral to the Turin giants' chances of success this season.

And the 48-year-old Italian has brushed aside the importance of record-setting feats under his tenure.

"I think we can make improvements both collectively and individually," said Allegri, highlighting one of several misses by Pogba before the Frenchman found the net in the 67th minute in Verona.

"Pogba's final effort on goal is a case in point, when he struck the crossbar by hitting the ball too hard. Instead, he might have opted to place his shot to better effect."

Also read: Pogba, Evra and Khedira mentally fit to play: Allegri

Allegri had kinder words for Morata, who hit a brace at Chievo to take his goals tally to the week to four after netting twice in a 3-0 rout of Inter Milan in the first leg of their Italian Cup semi-final.

"Morata had been scoring in training already over the past couple of weeks and when that happens, it's always likely that you'll find the net in matches as well."

And despite Dybala being voted the club's MVP for the month of January, when he hit four of his 12 league goals so far, the Argentinian is constantly reminded that he is not the finished article.

"He has been doing well, but he still has plenty of room for improvement," said Allegri.

Allegri's stance is seen as an effort to spur the trio onto greater things, and recent evidence suggests they have been paying attention.

A 13th consecutive win on Wednesday would allow Allegri to overtake the club record of 12 set by former coach Antonio Conte in the 2013-2014 season.

But Allegri added: "To me, records don't matter. What's the point of winning 20 in a row if it doesn't win you the title."

Yet Juve's chances of a record-equalling fifth straight scudetto were boosted by results elsewhere at the weekend.

As Napoli and Juve triumphed, Fiorentina's scoreless stalemate at Genoa left them eight points off the pace while Inter's 3-0 derby reverse at AC Milan left Roberto Mancini's title challengers nine points in arrears.

Napoli travel to Lazio looking for their seventh win on the trot and with Argentinian striker Gonzalo Higuain in the hunt for a 23rd Serie A goal in as many games this term.

Higuain hit his 22nd league goal in a 5-1 thumping of Empoli on Sunday to equal the 22-goal tally that earned Mauro Icardi (Inter) and Luca Toni (Verona) a share of the top scorer's 'Capocannoniere' trophy.

Napoli hammered Lazio 5-0 in only their fourth game under coach Maurizio Sarri, but the tracksuit-wearing, chain-smoking 57-year-old has called for caution.

"We're playing well and we're in good condition, but I'm not certain we can keep this up all the way till the end of the season."

Mancini, meanwhile, will watch from the stands when Inter host Chievo looking for their first win in five games after he received a one-game ban and a fine of 5,000 euros for slandering the referee at Sunday's San Siro clash.

For the latest on national news, politics, sport, entertainment and more follow us on Twitter and like our Facebook page.



Read more from our Users

Nigeria @ 56: Words to my green f...

A leader’s job is not to dictate, but rather to be respected, admired and be a trustee, of the land we love, with so much potential, a land which should be freer than free. Its still a long way to fufilling our destiny! Read more...

Submitted by
Isaac Asabor263
Recession: An opportunity for Nig...

The recession should be seen as an opportunity for the country’s promotion as long as we all collectively conduct ourselves in a patriotic manner, writes Isaac Asabor.  Read more...

Submitted by
Black and White

We want to imitate the whites in everything because we are ignorant of our inherent originality and content. We spend all our Naira to acquire his inventions because we so oblivious of our natural endowments that we allow him have it for free. Read more...

Submitted by
Nate Nat
Adamawa State University Mubi: A ...

ADSU integrity forum has accused the Sunday Joshua Wugira, a lawyer, of adopting unorthodox tactics by abusing his privilege by attacking the integrity of ADSU Vice Chancellor Dr. Moses Zira Zaruwa, writes a News24 reader. Read more...

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
My Country Nigeria (Part One)

Poetry by Abdulsalam Jubril.

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
Recession, dearth in leadership a...

Every leader has the opportunity to become great and making himself immortal in the lives and hearts of people for generations to come. Will Mr. President seize this opportunity?, questions Abdulsalam Jubril. Read more...