Alessio proud guiding Juventus to Champions League knockouts

Juventus caretaker coach Angelo Alessio was proud of victory over Champions League opponents Shakhtar Donetsk. Alessio said they “achieved this mission” of Champions League qualification.

Juventus caretaker coach Angelo Alessio was proud of victory over Champions League opponents Shakhtar Donetsk.

Alessio said they “achieved this mission” of Champions League qualification.

"[It’s very satisfying that we have achieved this mission, as winning here and finishing top was exceptional. We have to thank the squad, as despite Antonio’s absence from the touchline they were entirely at our disposal,” he said.

Not only did the Bianconeri qualify for the last 16, but they also won Group E and knocked reigning holders Chelsea out of the tournament.

“We have been growing throughout the competition, culminating in the great performance against Chelsea and tonight’s victory.

“We knew all about Shakhtar and that they are based mainly on individual talents, though they caused us some problems on the counter-attack. Once you block their creative centres, they are not very organised, so we were able to neutralise them.”

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