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Manager’s post-match comments after Supercoppa loss

AC Milan v Juventus FC - 2016 Italian Super Cup
Massimiliano Allegri
Photo by AK BijuRaj/Getty Images

Juventus lost the 2016 Italian Supercoppa on penalties to AC Milan after the game ended 1-1 in normal time, and extra time failed to find a victor. After the game, manager Massimiliano Allegri was philosophical about the loss.

“We did everything to avoid penalties. After the goal we got a bit too deep and passed it backwards, so that changed the game.

“If this had been a Serie A game, it would’ve been decided by an incident. As it’s the Super Cup, it was decided on penalties.

“We’ve had many matches this season and fatigue can cause problems. I was forced into two substitutions, unfortunately.”

The Bianconeri had a penalty shout with the last kick of the game when the ball hit Mattia De Sciglio’s retracted arm.

“It wasn’t a penalty, absolutely. We should’ve done better over the 120 minutes.”

Milan’s best player on the day was probably Suso, who was a terror on Juve’s left for Alex Sandro and later Patrice Evra.

“He had a good game and the moment he became less dangerous, Milan didn’t create anything. I have to compliment Milan, as they put in a strong performance.”

This is the second Italian Super Cup loss in Doha on penalties for Juventus after a penalty shootout loss to Napoli in 2014.

“We lost twice in Doha, hopefully the third one will go better. We’d prefer to play it in pre-season rather than in December. The fact remains we are top of the Serie A table, top of our Champions League group and we were unbeaten on the field today, so with penalties it can happen.”

There was some more controversy after the final penalty as a fan-made video captured Allegri in a heated argument with Juve top brass Beppe Marotta and Fabio Paratici.