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Juventus boss Allegri big fan of Atletico Madrid's Simeone

Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri is a big fan of Atletico Madrid's Diego Simeone.

Juve need a draw against Atletico Madrid to reach the next phase of the Champions League.

"I think he's doing a great job," Allegri said of Simeone's Ballon d'Or nomination. "I think that winning La Liga isn't easy against two colossi like Barcelona and Real Madrid.

"Going all the way to the final of a Champions League is no small feat either.

"I think that Simeone is one among three or four people who is doing an excellent job.

"He deserves it, [Carlo] Ancelotti deserves it for the excellent results he's achieving with Real Madrid.

"The Coach of the German national team deserves it too. So we'll see who goes on to win the Golden Ball for coaching.

"But these are three Coaches that really deserve credit for the work they've done so far."

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