Having continued to impress Allegri in training

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Having continued to impress Allegri in training

the moment Mavididi had been working towards arrived on April 13, 2019.

Juventus travelled to take on SPAL knowing a point would be enough to win them an eighth successive Serie A title and Mavididi was named amongst the substitutes.

He was eventually introduced with 21 minutes remaining, replacing Moise Kean up front.

The score was 1-1 at the time which would have been enough to secure the title, but SPAL went on to snatch a 2-1 win thanks to a Sergio Floccari strike.

It was a defeat that put the Juventus championship celebrations on ice for another week, but for Mavididi it was still a special day.

“When Allegri brought me on I was so buzzing,” he says. “I just wanted to score so bad. We didn’t manage to get the point we needed to win the title so we had to wait until the next week.”

Mavididi was again named on the bench seven days later against Fiorentina but didn’t come on during the 2-1 victory which did wrap up the title.

“It was amazing to be in and around it all,” he says. “They are moments I will never forget and I can only thank Allegri for that.”

That was Allegri’s fifth title on the spin with Juventus and proved to be his last, with the Italian coach announcing soon after it was secured that he would be stepping down at the end of the season.

He was replaced by former Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri and the change came as a blow to Mavididi, who had worked so hard during his first year in Italy to force his way into Allegri’s plans.

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