Juventus’ Massimiliano Allegri Labels Football ‘A Stupid Sport’

Juventus’ Massimiliano Allegri Labels Football ‘A Stupid Sport’
May 2, 2019

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Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri aired his opinion that football is a ‘stupid sport’ as his tactics were questioned by Italian TV pundits.

Allegri guided Juventus to their eight successive Serie A title this season; his fifth successive Scudetto since taking over from Antonio Conte in 2014.

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Speaking on football and tactics on Rai TV show ‘Che Tempo Che Fa’, Allegri said: “I don’t really like all these tactical systems people talk about, 3-5-2, 4-3-3 and all that.”

I’ve learned that football is a stupid sport for intelligent people, because the simplest things are truly also the most difficult to get right.

For example, you can say a player made a simple sideways pass, but it’s not simple, it’s football. The lower you go down the levels, the more players think they need to hang on to the ball to prove how talented they are, but that’s not football.

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The Italian coach also hit out at Daniele Adani, who criticized Allegri’s supposed ‘negative’ approach against Inter Milan last weekend. The two had a row on live TV during an interview in which an infuriated Allegri told Adani to ‘shut up and sit down’.

In Italy, everyone has become a theorist of football and that is a real problem, like you reading your books. Now you shut up and I’ll talk, you don’t know anything about football.”

You just sit there behind the desk, you read your books, but you don’t know anything about the practicality of the sport. I’ve won six Scudetti.” The video of the incident can be found below (in Italian):

Allegri concluded the segment by explaining his actions during that interview and reflecting on the exchange between the two.

I am calm today, I got a bit cross yesterday. You know, every time you hear this lecture on what you did wrong and ought not to be doing, it can wind you up and I am only human. I don’t go around telling you how to do your job!

I accept constructive criticism because it is part of the game, but after two or three times the same, I can give you my opinion, which may well be that you don’t understand what you’re talking about, but it’s still an opinion.

The full Che Tempo Che Fa segment can be found below (in Italian):

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