On a day that Juventus director Beppe Marotta said that he saw no reason to let manager Massimiliano Allegri go as he is ‘a winning tactician’, the Bianconeri looked terrible in an away loss to Fiorentina. Juve were overwhelmed and shellshocked right from the beginning as the Viola and their home crowd came ready for their biggest game of the year, and played like they were going out of existence after today.
After the game, Allegri lamented the poor quality of football on display.
“There were a lot of free kicks and cards, not that much football played.
“It’s a bad setback for us, but we still have the chance to be four points clear and nobody thought we’d win the title in January.
“Teams play the game of a lifetime against us, such as Fiorentina and Genoa, so we must always have our energy up and give everything, because the opposition do with us.
“It’s going to be a battle and we need to fight it out for every single point from here to May 28. It won’t be easy.”
He commented on his side’s awful performance as well.
“We did not move well in the first half. There was some improvement in the second. There were overall too many errors and we didn’t pass it out of defence well enough, which gave Fiorentina confidence to keep pushing us back.
“Roma and Napoli are behind us, so it’ll be a fight to the end, but we must learn from this defeat. It’s not enough to do less than 100 per cent, because the opposition gives more than 100 per cent against us.”
Juve looked like they could have used a playmaker like Miralem Pjanic, but he remained on the bench.
"In yesterday's training session Pjanic had a slight muscular problem and thinking about the fixtures we've got coming up, I didn't want to risk him."
Paulo Dybala did not have a good game, and missed a golden chance to equalize late on.
"Paulo has to remain calm. He did have some good chances to score tonight which is always a good thing. The second year for a young player is always harder especially after having such a great first season, it's normal.”
The visitors struggled mightily at times to contend with the lively FIorentina team.
“They were aggressive from the get go. Chiesa put a lot of pressure on Chiellini and Alex Sandro down the left flank. We could've been better on their two goals.
"We conceded 16 goals which is a lot for Juventus. We have to keep on working but it isn't only a defensive issue, we have to better overall.”