Speaking in an interview in GQ magazine in 2016 he wryly observed: "'Allegri is a jerk,' they said. 'He plays at the casino, he bets on horses, he leaves a bride at the altar, he's just crazy in the head.'"
But whatever tribulations there may have been in his private life, Allegri's professional life has seen plenty of successes, culminating in his masterpiece, Juventus.
Tottenham - led by a talented tactician of their own - now stand in the Italian coach's way as he tries to take his club on yet another journey through the Champions Leagues knockout stages. The sides meet at Wembley on Wednesday with their last-16 tie locked at 2-2 after the first leg in Turin.
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