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Allegri storms off after furious debate over tactics

Manager’s comments after Juve draw with Inter Milan

FC Internazionale v Juventus - Serie A Photo by Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images

Juventus came from behind to draw 1-1 with Inter Milan in the Derby d’Italia yesterday, with Cristiano Ronaldo’s strike canceling out Radja Nainggolan’s excellent opener.

After the game, manager Massimiliano Allegri was relieved by the second half performance from his side.

“It’s important to have someone like Ronaldo, because before the goal he made a mistake on another chance and his reaction to that changed his performance and consequently the whole game.

“We did risk going 2-0 behind, but then it was a good second half performance. It wasn’t easy, Inter are a strong side and we were down to the bare bones. We’ve got to compliment the lads, as we ended on a high.”

Juven have been susceptible to the counter attack especially in recent games, and against Inter it was the same.

“Against Fiorentina last week, it was similar to the Ajax game, in that we conceded insane counter-attacks. Inter did have three counters tonight too when it was 1-1, but our defenders did well to get back. We have to improve in our passing, because once again we made so many mistakes.

“I asked the lads to pass it more cleanly and we wasted several scoring opportunities. In any case, I found it a very enjoyable match. It was a whole other game in the second half.”

Then when he spoke to Sky Sport Italia, Allegri got into a furious argument with analyst Lele Adani, one of the biggest critics of the manager.

“Against Ajax, we suffered with their counter-attacks, not their style of football, and that made it look as if they had an extraordinary game, whereas they were better in Amsterdam. The same goes for tonight, it’s natural that when you misplace a lot of passes, you run risks.

“Sometimes you need to improvise and the idea you had in July has to change completely. There is a difference between playing well and winning, but it’s not as small as it seems.

“In Italy, everyone has become a theorist of football and that is a real problem, like you reading your books. Now you shut up and I’ll talk, you don’t know anything about football.

“You just sit there behind the desk, you read your books, but you don’t know anything about the practicality of the sport. I’ve won six Scudetti.”

The heated exchange continued for a bit before Allegri walked off ending the interview.