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Allegri: Juventus must be realistic

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri acknowledges it’s a tough time for the team. He believes Inter is on another level and deserves praise.

Juventus lost their second game in a row on Monday, 1-0 against Udinese. It was their first home defeat this season. Now, Inter leads by seven points with one extra game.

“It’s a tricky moment because we earned one point in three games. We have an important target, which is the Champions League. We must return to winning to secure a Champions League placement.” Allegri told DAZN after Juventus game.

“The last 15 days were not so nice, we were reduced to ten men against Empoli two weeks ago. Tonight, Udinese had just one shot on target while we had three or four chances in the first half. We should not underestimate what we’ve done until now. The lads have done an extraordinary job and it’s through these moments that we grow up, so we must continue to work.

“I think the first half was good technically but when we have a chance, we must score.” continued Allegri.

“We conceded from a set piece. We didn’t have enough players inside the box.”

Allegri: Juventus began on a different path two years ago

Allegri asked ‘where Juventus too tired tonight?’

“There were not enough late runs, we put many crosses in, and we built a few chances on the left flank. We are sorry because we are no longer unbeaten at home. We must keep working and set our sights on the Champions League.” He replied.

With Inter leading by seven points in Serie A, Allegri was asked if they’re now out of reach for Juventus.

“Having the ambition to stay close to Inter gave us motivation, but as I’ve always said, Inter are having an extraordinary season, so they deserve credit.” Allegri replied.

“They started their project with Antonio Conte many years ago, so it’s normal that they are favourite. Juventus began on a different path two years ago. Our target is to return to the Champions League even if we last season got there.

“Simone [Inzaghi] is doing extraordinary work, but I am not crazy when I say certain things. There are different levels. In my first five years at Juventus, we had the best team and it was normal to win. Even if victories are always extraordinary, that was the norm. The same goes for Inter now. Having earned 60 points with a game in hand, means they have a great pace, so Simone and his staff deserve praise.

“I’ve always said Milan would have returned in the race. What we need to do now is work hard. I am happy with what the players have done until now. We have earned 52 points but we must get as many now.” Added Allegri.

Allegri: We have more points than we expected

“Of course, young players need time to grow. It’s about finding balance and it’s normal. This team has excellent players. We could have done more against Inter, but we faced an extraordinary team. We must do something more because a Champions League placement is not granted yet and this moment can become tricky. Right now, we should not look at the table but earn the points we’ll need for the Champions League. We have more points than we expected to have at this point at the start of the season. We must be realistic in life.

“Inter played a Champions League Final last year. They’ve been improving, so they deserve praise. It’s normal. On my side, I congratulate my players too because they are having an important season too.”

Juventus play Hellas Verona next at Stadio Bentegodi on Saturday, then face Frosinone at home on February 25th.

Juventus’ defeat against Udinese brings Milan within one point of them in the Serie A standings.

Alex Lundy
Alex Lundy
A lifelong football fan, Alex loves to dabble in its history, especially FIFA World Cup. But his love for sports doesn't end at football since he loves watching NBA and Formula1 too. Reading novels and watching classic films takes the rest of his time.
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