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Allegri: Juventus pushed down whenever they rise

Max Allegri expressed his fury as Juventus had 10 Serie A points deducted just moments before suffering a 4-1 defeat to Empoli.

Sevilla eliminated the Old Lady from the Europa League semi-final in extra time on Thursday, resulting in a nightmare few days for them.

Yesterday, just moments before stepping onto the field at the Stadio Castellani, they received confirmation of a deduction of 10 Serie A points in the capital gains case.

The deduction inevitably influenced their mentality and confidence, resulting in Empoli delivering a 4-1 hammering with Francesco Caputo scoring a brace, Sebastiano Luperto finding the net, and Roberto Piccoli also getting on target.

Allegri believes Juventus must stick together for their remaining matches

Allegri said: “It’s too reductive to encompass the game and the whole season like this.

“We must not find alibis or excuses, as we are Juventus, we are accustomed to winning or at least fighting to win. There are now two more games to play, we’ve got to stick together and Milan are going to visit on Sunday.

“Naturally, it was a strange situation that the sentence came in 10 minutes before we went out there. We conceded at their first scoring opportunity, then conceded another. We had the chances to close the gap, but didn’t take them.

“That does not justify the mental collapse. Right now all we can do is stay quiet and accept the defeat. Before the game, we had earned 69 points and were second in the table, let that be clear.”

After the defeat, Juve finds themselves in seventh place with 59 points, trailing Milan by five points in fourth place.

Allegri added: “Even after the 10-point penalty, with a win today we’d have had the chance to fight it out with Milan for Champions League qualification. Unfortunately, it didn’t go that way.

“I cannot reproach the lads, because I can assure you it was not an easy situation. The next few days won’t be easy either, because we went out of the Europa League, then had this news 10 minutes before kick-off, while for three months we’ve had points taken away and given back.

“It’s not justification, but this is without doubt an anomalous season for us, and despite it all the team earned 69 points.”

Russell Murray
Russell Murray
Russell Murray is a passionate football journalist whose heart beats to the rhythm of the beautiful game. With an insatiable appetite for all things football, Russell is always seeking to capture the essence of the sport. Also, he strongly believes that Guti and Diego Milito never received the recognition they deserved for their contributions to football.
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