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Allegri furious about Juventus performance

Manager’s livid post-match comments after narrow win

UC Sampdoria v Juventus FC - Serie A
Massimiliano Allegri gestures wildly on the touchline
Photo by Paolo Rattini/Getty Images

Juventus won 1-0 at Sampdoria in a close encounter that they fully controlled in the first half, and then had some nervy moments to deal with as the home crowd cheered on the Blucerchiati.

After the game, manager Massimiliano Allegri explained his incensed antics on the sidelines, especially towards the end of the game.

“I got angry because in those situations you just need to be organised, keep your shape and play on the counter when the opposition is forced to take the initiative.

“In the first half they went down five times and we put the ball out of play for treatment, then as soon as they came back in, they didn’t give it back. You’ve got to learn quickly, then!

“If one of our players is down, put the ball out. Fair play is all well and good, but there’s no need to be naïve, otherwise you may as well go on the PlayStation.”

With the win Juve are now ten points ahead of Napoli, but a win for Roma later today could push them back into second eight points behind the Bianconeri.

“These three points are a step forward, it was important to win today because after the break for international duty we’ve got a really tough fixture list.

“The lads had one of our best first half performances of the season, playing well and creating many chances, but we couldn’t maintain the tempo and were disorganised in the second half.”

Key player Paulo Dybala went off with what looked like a thigh injury.

“It doesn’t seem to be anything serious, he felt the thigh muscle harden and had been feeling that for a few days, so we decided not to risk it.

“It’s normal to feel tiredness after such a long season and we should’ve controlled the ball better in the second half, therefore saving ourselves energy in chasing it down.

“The important thing is not to take anything for granted.”

Once again Allegri was asked about his future with the club.

“I have an excellent rapport with the club. At the right moment I’ll be called in and they’ll let me know what they intend to do.”