The Juventus boss takes ‘responsibility for getting the substitutions wrong’ during their 1-1 draw with Milan, but he slammed his Bianconeri stars. ‘You need to be tough, determined, keep focused and bring home the result.’
started on the right foot in the battle againstMilan
, taking the lead courtesy of Alvaro Morata’s goal; however, the Rossoneri pulled the game level with Ante Rebic’s header.
The visitors even had the opportunity to seal a victory through Pierre Kalulu, but Wojciech Szczensy pulled off a great save.
Despite a good first half, when we created chances and allowed Milan just one opportunity, we even risked defeat at the end of a game that had been under total control,”
“Unfortunately, we lost that concentration, determination and focus. Just look at the corner where we conceded the goal, there was complacency. It’s not possible to give this game away after being in control. Evidently, we need to make more progress. A lot more.”
Juventus have lost their opening four rounds in Serie A, but they are 18th on the table now.
“This game doesn’t change anything in my view of Juventus. What we need to learn quickly is that there are games when you need to be tough, you have to be determined, to bring home the tackle, keep focused. This is part of the general growth process of some players,”
continued the coach.
“I will admit that I made mistakes on the substitutions, I got it wrong. I should’ve put more defensive players on and put the 1-0 lead under lock and key, so I take responsibility for that.”
The Bianconeri have failed to earn seven points from leading situations this season, having turned things around against Udinese, Napoli and Milan, and have not met the target in the second half yet.
Allegri also revealed that the clash was of more importance for Milan than Juventus, which was considered as a bluff by many.
It was important to get a positive result and we did. A defeat would’ve not definitively left us behind Milan, but a big advantage, now it is easier to bridge,
” he insisted.
“The problem is that winning a game is one thing, winning a league is another, and that means not conceding goals due to errors like that. We can draw games if the other team does better, not if we give it away.
“There were some positives, in other words the first half, but what makes me angry are the final 15 minutes. We should’ve suffered more, been ready to fight tooth and nail. At those moments, you can’t look at being aesthetically beautiful, you just take the result home, even if it’s ugly.”
When the final whistle was blown, Allegri seemed angry and appeared tense on the interview as well.
“Fortunately the referee blew the final whistle, because we frankly risked defeat here. If you don’t realise that you must put all personal issues aside, work as a full-back even if you’re a striker, then you won’t bring these results home. All we’ll remember is that we threw away two points.
“I know you lot love talking about tactical systems, but when you are in front with 15 minutes to go, having practically not allowed Milan any shots on target, the system is irrelevant. You can be disorganised, but you need to be determined. If we take this attitude, it’s unlikely we can win the league.”
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