Allegri: “We Can Only Compliment and Thank the Lads”

Following the Bianconeri’s enticing 3-3 leveller with Atalanta at the Allianz Stadium, Juventus boss Max Allegri provided his thoughts on the vital fixture.

The match commenced in the Old Lady’s favour as Angel Di Maria and Arkadiusz Milik scored two within the first half after the Bianconeri were stunned by an early goal from Ademola Lookman in the 4th minute of play.

Shortly after the second half started, Lookman came to haunt Juventus as he set-up Joakim Maehle and scored a mesmerizing followed by a Jeremie Boga cross to make it 3-2 for La Dea.

In the end, Danilo’s brilliance from a perfectly executed set-piece from a free-kick enabled Allegri to seal a vital point.

Despite the overwhelming shock after being docked 15 points following a financial investigation by Prisma, causing Juventus to slip towards the mid-table, Allegri was pleased to see how strong his squad was mentally within the fixture against Gasperini’s squad, relayed by La Gazzetta dello Sport:

We can only compliment and thank the lads, I put myself in their shoes and from one day to the next finishing from second-third to tenth place is psychologically tough, it’s as if they took away ‘yours’ what you did on the pitch”.

Unfortunately the only ‘patch’ in the first part of the season was the Champions League, in the league we have scored 38 points for the moment which would have been 40 without the Var mistake from Salernitana: apart from Napoli, we would be ahead of the others”, I don’t know if it can be done, I think that at 71 we’ll get to the Champions League: it’s difficult, but we have to work serenely, we have a week to recover energy, bring in players, then we find Monza who play well, then Europa League, then the Italian Cup… one step at a time: this is not the time to think about where we can get in the league.”

We played a good match against a physical team like Atalanta, after days of great pressure the boys showed responsibility, seriousness and the desire to continue what they started at the beginning of the year”, commented Allegri after the 3-3 draw with the Goddess: “The match was complicated, I’m happy with the reaction and the performance of the boys, because mistakes could have cut our legs, after the 3-2 draw it could have finished 5-2. Instead we were good at staying in the game and overturning it, in order, with the ability to take advantage of Danilo’s opportunity. Who is scoring an extraordinary goal and deserved a goal to compensate for the mistake at the start of the second half. Miretti missed the winning goal… Fabio needs to improve in the box, he’s had many chances by now, but he needs to stay serene and calm because the future is on his side, like Fagioli who played a great game. Tonight Bremer did it too after… he hadn’t come to Cremona or Naples”.