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Allegri: Juve conceded on two technical errors

Manager bemoans dropped points with late equalizer

Pescara Calcio v Juventus FC - Serie A Photo by Giuseppe Bellini/Getty Images

Juventus looked like they had stolen all three points with a late goal from Dani Alves, but in very uncharacteristic manner, they allowed hosts Atalanta to equalize even later from a defensive mix-up to grab a share of the spoils.

After the game manager Massimiliano Allegri wasn’t in a very charitable mood about the Juve performance, but refused to blame the officials for the penalty the visitors weren’t given.

“I won’t speak about the [penalty] incident. We were in the lead with two minutes to go. The penalty is irrelevant, Juventus have to close out a match after turning it around.

“Juventus never concede goals like today.”

With the first leg of the Champions League semi-final coming up, he referenced the draw as a wake-up call.

“We’ve played in two alternative phases, a victory over Roma but we need other points.

“We’re on an important journey, we want to close-out the League and a win tonight would have been important for the League. This match will serve to give us awareness against Monaco, a team which plays quickly, we’ll have to be good.

“We knew it wouldn’t be easy tonight, but we conceded on two technical errors. We need to be calm and not play the same way in Monaco, but even a point at this stage of the season is important.”

He made some tactical changes at the half after Juve were outplayed in the first half -

“In the first half I told Dybala to put himself in one position, but in the second half he did better, he had more freedom to move and more lines to pass to Higuain.

“What did I say at half-time? That we hadn’t won a single 50-50, Atalanta had won all of them.

“We had to raise our tempo, if you don’t win the 50-50s you won’t win.”

Allegri felt that a big opportunity to put the Scudetto race to bed was lost today -

"The League isn't over, it would have been if we'd won today. I won't comment on the incidents, we're not looking for excuses.

"The Scudetto is in our hands, we have to do more than them [Roma]. They can get 90 points, we need at least 91."