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Max Allegri says Juventus should not be disappointed with loss to Sevilla

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Manager's quotes after Juventus lost 1-0 away at Sevilla

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While Juventus had already ensured qualification into the Round of 16 in the UEFA Champions League, they were still jockeying for top position on Matchday 6 with Manchester City. Juve needed to avoid defeat at Sevilla to finish first and failed to do that, while City came from behind to win against Borussia Monchengladbach and stole pole position instead.

Before the match, manager Massimiliano Allegri had stated that he wouldn't rest any players (Juve play Fiorentina on Saturday in a game that could have far-reaching Calcio implications) for the Sevilla game -

"First things first we have to secure first place, because first place is very important, above all in the draw.

"Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich will definitely finish first, and at this moment they're the strongest teams in Europe, so it would mean we couldn't get them."

However today's reverse left Allegri trying to placate the fanbase -

"We did very well throughout the group stage and I saw the improvements within the team.

"There are never easy games in the Champions League, but I consider the performance tonight to be good. If we had taken the lead, it would've been very different.

"We did well in the first half, but after the break we gave the ball away too often. It was not easy to come here and get a positive result, no matter what some people might think.

"Now we have to wait for the draw, but we mustn't be disappointed. This was the most difficult group in the competition and it would've been great to win it, but the most important thing was qualifying.

"We've got a game coming up in Serie A against Fiorentina that is more important than tonight's match."

Alvaro Morata, who started today with Mario Mandzukic ill, looked lively throughout but was guilty of missing a sitter that could have ensured a draw at least for Juve.

"Morata had a good game and has always scored in Europe. Last season he was in competition for a place with Fernando Llorente. This term he's had some ups and downs, but he played well tonight and it's disappointing for him that he didn't score.

"We should've controlled the result and not push, as that was down to Sevilla. At the end we hit the bar with Paulo Dybala and had another great chance with Morata."

It's not all doom and gloom as at least Juventus have made the next round, but the list of teams they could face got exponentially harder. The draw will be held on 14th December, keep it here for full coverage.