Following a victory over Lecce, Max Allegri is gradually acknowledging that Juventus is in contention for the Serie A title.
He referred to the ‘head-to-head’ battle with Inter and emphasized that ‘nothing is impossible in football’ while celebrating his 300th Serie A victory with a 3-0 win over Lecce.
The triumph featured goals from Dusan Vlahovic, with one also credited to Weston McKennie’s header, and Gleison Bremer in the second half.
“There was a moment during the game when the team lowered the concentration levels and we ran a few risks. It might not seem like it, but if you concede a goal it all becomes more complicated and psychologically the momentum is with the other side,” Allegri told DAZN of his rage on the touchline when Juve were 2-0 up.
“We are trying to get used to winning as much as possible. There are moments when you have to attack, to defend, and in understanding those moments we have definitely improved.
“The confidence of the players has also increased. Lecce ran hard and pressed, it was a complicated match and we made some mistakes in the final ball. Luckily, when Lecce started to run out of steam, we took control.”
Allegri explains the Vlahovic and McKennie goal mix-up
Was it fair for Vlahovic to steal that goal from McKennie right on the line?
“McKennie is scared of flying, so he came here by train and perhaps it would’ve been better if he had scored.”
Vlahovic has netted four goals in the last two Serie A matches, with Juventus securing consecutive 3-0 wins against Sassuolo and Lecce. This represents a notable departure from Allegri’s earlier season’s trademark narrow victories.
“We are working on moving better as a team, occupying the right areas and also how to shake off your marker, which is one of the key components in football. These are all things we are working on in training.”
Despite the usual routine about wanting a top-four finish, Allegri is finally starting to hint at the Scudetto race.
“There is nothing impossible in football. We must have that belief in our minds that we can do something extraordinary and make the seemingly impossible become possible. We must give our all, then if the others do better, you shake their hands and applaud them for their efforts.
“This attitude pushes you to go beyond your limits and conviction becomes fundamental in life.”
This was Allegri’s 300th career victory in Serie A, becoming only the third coach to achieve this target, after Nereo Rocco on 302 and Giovanni Trapattoni with 352.
“I am glad to have reached 300 wins, I can only thank all the players I worked with since I started in Serie A. I consider myself very fortunate, as I worked with some extraordinary players and it was a real pleasure to watch them.”