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Allegri laments Juventus regressing to become ´much worse´ after Coppa Italia exit

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 26 Apr 2023


Massimiliano Allegri conceded Juventus have fallen back to being “much worse” after the Bianconeri crashed out of the Coppa Italia on Wednesday.

Juve fell to a 1-0 defeat at Inter as Federico Dimarco’s first-half strike secured a 2-1 aggregate triumph in the semi-final tie.

Defeat marked Juve’s fourth reverse in their last six games in all competitions (W1 D1), as many losses in their previous 25 matches combined.

Their off-field saga has played out throughout that period, with Juve’s 15-point deduction in Serie A reversed, and Allegri suggested the Bianconeri have gone backwards since making progress.

Asked about his pre-match comments on Juve suffering from the off-pitch issues, Allegri said: “Nothing, I was only referring to the fact that it’s an abnormal season.

“Up until now we’ve been good but we have gone back to being much worse.”

The Europa League represents Juve’s only chance of silverware this season, with a two-legged clash against Sevilla to follow in May.

Juve have at least been boosted by their points deduction being removed, lifting the Bianconeri to third in Serie A – three points clear of Milan and Roma in fourth and fifth respectively.

Allegri suggested Juve have started to improve on the ball in their performances but a lack of clinical attacking remains their downfall.

“We’ve improved with our patience [in possession], but when you get to the final third you have to be more precise in your play,” he added.

“But we need to get moving, crack down because we’ve lost too much in the last few games.

“Having said that, we’re in the Europa League semi-finals and third in the championship.”

Juve had not lost any of their last five Coppa semi-finals against Inter before defeat at San Siro, with Allegri putting the loss down to the Bianconeri faltering in key moments.

The Juve coach said: “Inter are a strong team, when you play two ties in balanced matches it’s normal that the moments are decisive.

“The goal we conceded was decisive, we were good at playing after the goal but we weren’t very effective.

“We need to find our energy quickly, Sunday we have a very difficult game in Bologna.

“We will have a series of complicated games that you have to fight for to win. Games like these are decided by the moments.”


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