Ahead of Juventus’ Champions League match against Monaco, coach Massimiliano Allegri was frustrated when his team let a late lead slip in last week’s 2 – 2 draw at Atlanta.
The team fell behind early in the game but they came back to take a 2 – 1 lead thanks to Dani Alves’ header. However, a defensive mix-up in the 89th minute allowed Remo Freuler to score an equaliser.
The result may have been different if Juventus had not had an earlier clear penalty decision ruled out because of offside but Allegri wouldn’t comment on it after the game.
Speaking to Premium Sport he said, “I won’t speak about the [penalty]. We were in the lead with two minutes to go. The penalty is irrelevant, Juventus have to close out a match after turning it around. Juventus never concede goals like today. We’ve played in two alternative phases, a victory over Roma but we need other points,”
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He said that the team is on an “important journey” and that they want to secure the league title. A win would have been an important step towards this goal.
Nonetheless, the team widened their lead to nine points, although it could have been 11, and Allegri clearly thinks the team missed a chance to seal the trophy.
“The league isn’t over, it would have been if we’d won today. The Scudetto is in our hands, we have to do more than them [Roma]. They can get 90 points, we need at least 91.”
Nonetheless, he thinks that the setback could prove to be a motivator ahead of the first leg of the Champions League semi-final against Monaco on Wednesday, “This match will serve to give us awareness against Monaco, a team which plays quickly, we’ll have to be good.”