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Allegri: Juventus can take courage from second half against Bayern Munich

The manager's comments after the 2-2 draw at home against Bayern Munich.

Allegri's response to Juve's first half performance
Allegri's response to Juve's first half performance
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Juventus manager Max Allegri continued to stay positive after the home side fought back from a two-goal abyss to draw 2-2 against giants Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

"In order to qualify we have to win and now we have to do it there.

"The team played well and we have to build on the second half performance more than the errors of the first half. We should've done better playing our way out of defence, but still created some interesting opportunities.

"We improved in the second half and above all gained confidence, so we were rewarded for that. It proves that in the Champions League you need more belief and courage.

"Of course we believe in our chances, absolutely, and the fightback gives us more confidence. Right now have to focus on Serie A though."

Allegri's substitution choices seemed bewildering to the fans, but paid off overall as Hernanes did decently while Alvaro Morata snagged an assist for Stefano Sturaro.

"The substitutions went well, I am happy for Hernanes, as he was often criticized by the fans. I introduced Sturaro because we needed someone to run in from midfield and Sami Khedira was flagging. Sturaro brought sharpness."

Fans were bemused in the first half as the visitors controlled the bulk of the possession, and Allegri was asked if that was part of the plan.

"Bayern's last man was often Arturo Vidal and we should not have allowed them that much space. As long as Bayern maintained a certain tempo, it was not easy for us. Fortunately they lost intensity and we came out.

"We need to have more confidence in our own abilities and not sit so deep. We can do it and I'm happy to have certain players back from injury."

If you needed a silver lining from this game, here's what you need to know — Juventus have gone through in each of the last six European knockout rounds in which they started with a home draw.