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Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri calls defending Messi an "impossible task"

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Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri also spoke with the press during his team's open media day on Monday, and the bianconeri boss was very complimentary of his team, Barcelona and especially Lionel Messi, whom he qualified as "impossible" to defend on Saturday's Champions League Final.

Some more of his quotes can be found here:

"We're aware of how good we are and know we're capable of giving a decent account of ourselves. We need to focus exclusively on knuckling down and working hard, not on what might happen. We are not going to wait for them to score and become their victims.

"Barcelona play a different brand of football to that of other teams. We'll need to be compact and keep it tight. The final could go to penalties, even though I think that's unlikely. We'll be prepared for any eventuality. Winning the final would be a more than extraordinary feat. The perfect way to round off a magnificent season.

"Marking [Lionel] Messi while he moves is a near impossible task. We must be smart in working around him.

"We know we'll have some decent spells in the game. We must be calm and avoid letting anxiety creep in. This season will go down in history. It's not often a team gets to this point in three separate competitions.

"There is a great mood in the camp with only five days to go. Let's see if we're able to make this season even more extraordinary."

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