3 Managers who have been unfortunate in Champions League finals
The UEFA Champions League is an elite competition in football. Zinedine Zidane won the most recent edition, Real Madrid's third consecutive one. This was despite his team failing to win the domestic league, La Liga, in any of those seasons. But, in contrast, there are also managers in the Champions League this season who have in the past come close to winning it, but without success.
The following are the three top managers who have performed well in domestic competitions but have been unlucky in the Champions League competition.
#3) Massimiliano Allegri (Juventus)
Massimiliano Allegri is the current manager of Juventus and since his appointment in 2014, he has managed to take the club to the Champions League each season. Allegri has also enjoyed domestic success with the club, but has failed to achieve the same status in Europe.
Allegri has reached the Champions League final with the club on two occasions of the four full seasons he has been in charge. However, he has only managed to come out with runners-up medals on both instances.
His first final with the club was in 2015, just a year after being appointed as head coach. Juventus had knocked out the likes of Borussia Dortmund, Monaco and defending champions Real Madrid to reach the final. They eventually lost the final 3-1 to Barcelona.
Allegri’s second final with Juventus was in 2017. The Serie A giants had faced top clubs such as Porto, Barcelona and Monaco on the way to the final. The but the final was another bad day for Allegri as Juventus lost 4-1 to Real Madrid.
Having lost two finals in the past four years makes Allegri one of the unfortunate managers in the Champions League this season.