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Former Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri has confessed that he wants to be the next foreign manager to win the Premier League.
Allegri has been out of work since leaving Allianz Stadium in 2019, which means he had plenty of time to see players like Jurgen Klopp, Pep Guardiola and José Mourinho impress in England’s top flight.
Talking to The times, Allegri admitted that he believes English football has improved a lot due to the multicultural nature of his coach, and revealed that he hopes to try to lead a Premier League team in the near future.
“For me, English football is improving now because there are a lot of foreign coaches,” he said. “There are more tactics than ten years ago.
“England are now more sophisticated and more tactical, but they also respect the tradition of English football. It is a good balance between the spirit of English football and the new quality and new tactical approach of the new coaches.”
“I would like to experience the Premier League. In Italy, I was in Milan for four years. Five years at Juventus. Now I wait [to work again] in Italy, but it is difficult, or in England ”.
Allegri has been linked to a host of English teams since leaving Juventus, with ties to Manchester United or Arsenal perhaps stronger than most. He admitted to having been learning English in hopes of increasing his chances of moving, but refused to be told where he would like to land specifically.
However, he has clearly kept up with what is happening in the Premier League, and seemed to suggest that he may know the key to success in England.
“The important thing is that each country has its own history,” added Allegri. “England is different from Italy, which is different from Spain, from Germany. It is difficult to change the history of the country.
“It is difficult to change the history of the club. For example, Manchester United played for 50 years in the same style. When [Louis] Van Gaal arrived, he had a different mentality. Van Gaal wants to play with possession. But Manchester United is ‘getting into the area, attacking, attacking, crossing, crossing’.
“Arsenal is different from United. In Italy, the same, Juventus different from Milan. The history of Juventus was each year with a great player for the team, [Zinedine] Zidane, [Alessandro] Del Piero, [Omar] Sivori, [Michel] Platini with other players to work hard every day [alongside]. In Milan it is different. “
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