MAN CITY ARE ONE OF THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FAVOURITES - ALLEGRI
raise their game to beat the Premier League leaders
while Gianluigi Buffon hailed the attacking talent City
can call on
Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri believes
Manchester City are one of the favourites to win the
Champions League this season.
Allegri led the Serie A champions to the final of the
competition in 2014-15, and feels City have as good
a chance as anyone of picking up the silverware
this time around.
City have begun the campaign in fine form, having
won all five of their opening Premier League
matches, which is in stark comparison to Juve, with
the Italian outfit picking up one point from three
matches in Serie A.
And Allegri has called on his players to raise their
performance levels if they are to beat Manuel
Pellegrini's side in their Group D opener.
"Manchester City are one of the Champions League
favourites," he told reporters. "Tomorrow will be the
first of six group matches and our aim is to get
"We'll need to put in an intense performance, show
plenty of courage and also play at a high technical
"The team's given everything in the first three
games, we've lacked goals and also been a little
Juve captain Gianluigi Buffon has agreed with his
manager regarding City being one of the best sides
in the competition, and has hailed their attacking
City signed both Raheem Sterling and Kevin De
Bruyne over the summer to further bolster their
forward line, and Buffon feels that their offensive
players are some of the best on the continent.
"For me it will be my first time playing in this
stadium, against City who are one of the candidates
to win the Champions League," he said.
"It will be nice to start with such a big test. City
have seven or eight of the best attacking players in
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