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 By Ben Gladwell
Aug 28, 2014

Allegri pleased with Juventus' Champions League draw

ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop gives his take on the UEFA Champions League's group of death and teams that may surprise us during the group stage.

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri is looking forward to an "attractive group" after the Bianconeri were drawn with Atletico Madrid, Olympiakos and newcomers Malmo in the Champions League on Thursday.

After being knocked out in the group stage last season, Juve have set a minimum objective of reaching the round of 16 this time around.

However, Allegri -- who has yet to fall at the first hurdle -- is just looking forward to the battles, particularly his side's trips.

"It's an attractive and even group for us," said Allegri on Twitter. "We're going to some hostile places like Atletico and Piraeus."

Juve's general manager Beppe Marotta was more forthright about the Serie A champions' chances, telling Sky Sport Italia: "With a lot of realism, I've got to say that it's a very welcome little group. Even if Malmo are already deep into their season, which will end in November. It depends when we face them.

"Aside from this, I'd say that our progress only depends on us, without forgetting that the Champions League is a tournament and not a league where your real strength emerges at the end. Galatasaray is a lesson for us, even if we played on such an impossible pitch.

"[Italian] football is struggling at the moment -- we've had teams knocked out in the playoffs four times in the past five years, so we're in a compromised position."


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