Despite Juventus equalling their own record for home game wins in Serie A and moving 7 points clear at the top of the league table manager Massimiliano Allegri has said that his side could have played better against Roma.
An excellent goal from Gonazlo Higuain consolidated the team’s position above Roma over the Christmas break but Allegri was adamant that his team should have done better.
After the match he said, “We could have played better, especially technically. Ultimately we didn’t manage possession well and had a few too many hairy moments from set-pieces.”
However, he did concede that the team was in a good position and that their lead in the league table is important but still said that “there’s a long way to go”. Furthermore, he said that his is “not interested in records” but is only focused on winning the title.
He did offer some praise for his team saying that Daniele Rugani who stifled the threat of joint Serie A top goal-scorer Edin Dzeko “played very well” he also said that Stefano Sturaro was “incredible”.
Furthermore, he said that it was “wonderful” to see not only the team’s improvement but also improvement from individual players as “that’s how you get better as a unit.”
Roma’s manager Luciano Spalletti said that the defeat leaves his side in a tough position as they face Chievo before the winter break. He said that Juventus will now be more relaxed and that his team will “have to be excellent” if they are to make up lost ground.
He said that Juventus “were better than us on the day. We have to accept the result because they showed they were better.” He added that the team should have avoided conceding a goal and that they need to be stronger physically.