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Manager’s post-match comments

Juventus FC v SSC Napoli - Serie A
Massimiliano Allegri
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Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri stomped off the field in a fit of anger immediately after the final whistle, but appeared much calmer at the post-match press conference a few minutes later.

The hosts drew 1-1 with Lyon on Matchday 4 of the Champions League after relinquishing an early lead and spurning chances to go two up.

After the game, Allegri clarified that he was only mad that after the equalizer the Bianconeri had almost thrown the game away -

"I was only angry when we gave them that big chance in the very last minute.

"After the 1-1 we shouldn't have run any more risks at the back, and yet that's what happened.

“We tried to force the passes when they were in midfield. We should’ve preserved physical and psychological energy instead. We risked compromising everything in the last 10 minutes.”

He maintained that he was trying to stay optimistic despite the setback which means they are two points behind Sevilla, with a trip to Spain still to come.

"At the end of the day, we have to see the positive side. We weren't going to win the Champions League tonight, nor in the next game, as this tournament is won from March onwards. It is a journey, just like in Serie A.

"We played a good first half, we risked too much in the second but it's normal because we have played many important games in quick succession with several players out."

On the new 4-3-1-2 formation with Miralem Pjanic as the trequartista behind the attacking pair of Gonzalo Higuain and Mario Mandzukic -

“Mario worked very hard, Gonzalo goes between the lines, as those are his characteristics. At the moment they are my only options and they are giving their best. Tonight’s result was not down to them.

“Pjanic did well in the first half and moved between the lines. He has played many games recently and it wasn’t easy for him tonight.

“At the start of the match we did well. In the second half we were controlling it, then ran too many risks. At this moment I am purely interested in the results, even if it’s not true to say we are playing badly. It’s impossible to have 27 points when playing that badly.

“It all went wrong after Lyon equalised. We risked on a long ball and that should not be happening, because qualification is at stake here.”