Juventus were unable to take advantage of a thrilling, late comeback and lost 3-2 to Lazio in the Italian SuperCup final.
After the game manager Massimiliano Allegri spoke to the media, his frustration visible .
“Apart from the goal, where we were dumb, Lazio deserved it. They played better, we didn’t play at all until the final 30 minutes and we need to reflect on that, to get our feet back on the ground.
“It’s going to be a tough season and we need to understand that now. Lazio were sharp and quicker to the ball, the moment we had chances, we took them.
“We should’ve taken it to extra time, but regardless, Lazio did deserve it.”
The substitutions late in the game made the difference with Douglas Costa coming on for Juan Cuadrado and making an immediate difference.
“When Douglas Costa came on we spread the play more and opened Lazio up, which frankly we were supposed to do in the first half as well.
“We started pre-season training later and some are struggling in purely physical terms. I knew there could be some difficulties, but I thought we could control the first 45 minutes better.
“It was an ugly performance and Lazio deserved to win. We weren’t up to the task, it’s a shame that we missed the first objective of the season, but from next weekend we’ve got to start winning.
“Victories must be earned, this is a difficult year. We beat Lazio in Beijing for the Super Cup two years ago and then had a bad start to the Serie A season, so hopefully we’ll do it the other way round this time.”
With the Serie A starting next weekend, the pressure will be on Juve to start off strong after this limp display.
"In the championship we will not and cannot be the same. This defeat brings us back to the ground. Winning is not easy.
"Some of us are not yet in shape. I knew it would not be easy. The season has just begun and it will certainly not be a simple one but we will see a different Juve, starting from Saturday.”