On September 13, just before Juventus entered the Champions League, we give you an alarming inventory at the Old Lady. The next day, the Bianconeri won 3-0 against Malmö and the hope of a burst of pride had spread to the heights of Piedmont. Five days later, patatras. Held in check at home by AC Milan (1-1), Juventus once again woke up this morning with a hangover.
Because you have to pinch yourself to believe it. After four league matches, Massimiliano Allegri’s men are eighteenth in the Serie A standings with only two points out of twelve on the clock! According to Opta, this is the fourth time in its history (after the 1942/43, 1955/56 and 1961/62 exercises) that the Piedmont team has not won any of its first four matches of the season. A striking observation that puts Allegri a little more on the grill. Returned as the savior of the nation after the failed bet Andrea Pirlo, the coach with the five Scudetti gleaned with Juve is even worse than his predecessors. But after the meeting, the Turin coach did not hide his anger and attacked the behavior of his flock that he considered too docile at the end of the match, while Juve led in the score.
“I’m pretty angry with what happened tonight. The team had a good first half, conceding just one shot to Milan. In the second half, we even risked losing after the 1-1. Until the equalizer, the game was in full control. We have lost that focus and that determination. On the corner of the goal, we were too sufficient in the defensive phase. When we arrive at certain moments of the match, we must not, under any circumstances, the opponents can score and we must improve despite the very good step forward. This match does not change my opinion on the strengths of Juve. The only thing that needs to be learned quickly is that in the last moments of these matches you have to be mean, that’s part of the learning for some players. “
Allegri pleads guilty but …
However, Allegri still admitted he was wrong. Clearly, while his team was in front of the scoreboard, the Italian regrets having made offensive changes with Moise Kean (66th), Federico Chiesa (72nd), who entered just before the equalizing goal of Ante Rebic ( 76th). “Let’s say it’s my responsibility for the changes, I was wrong. At this point in the game, I should have put in more defensive players. “ Touched, Allegri is however not sunk. Despite the eight points behind his team on the interior leader, the coach of Juve still believes in the Scudetto.
“It was an important game, it was important to win and to make a positive result. I said it was more important for Milan because in case of victory they would have pushed us away, not definitively, but quite a bit in the fight for the Scudetto. This draw leaves the gap with them unchanged and we still have the opportunity to come back. But it goes through those famous last 15 minutes where you have to understand that winning matches is a business, here we play to win the championships and to win the championships this kind of match should not end in a draw. “ To the best of my mind.