Max Allegri Frustrated as Juventus Concede ‘Naive’ Goal in Derby d’Italia

Juventus squandered the lead in a hard-fought 1-1 home draw against Inter in Sunday’s Derby d’Italia at the Allianz Stadium. Both goals came inside the opening 35 minutes of play, with Bianconeri conceding an equalizer only six minutes after breaking the deadlock.

Dusan Vlahovic returned to the scoresheet after a lengthy barren run to open the scoring in the 27th minute, latching onto Federico Chiesa’s layoff to put Juventus in front. However, Inter cut the home crowd’s celebration short as Lautaro Martinez netted his 13th Serie A goal of the season with another poacher’s finish. 

In a trademark Inter move, Marcus Thuram picked out his captain with a precise pass across the face of goal, with the Argentine beating Wojciech Szczesny to the far post to level the score. Despite ‘knowing’ how Simone Inzaghi’s men tend to create chances, Juventus conceded from one such situation, which left Massimiliano Allegri fuming.

“We conceded a very naïve goal, especially as it was only a few minutes after our opener. Inter have already shown that when they have spaces to run into, it makes it easier for them,” the Juventus boss told DAZN, as relayed by TMW

We knew that they tended to pull back low from the by-line and had worked on that, but we conceded it anyway. Perhaps we should’ve fouled them earlier before they got into that position.

Juventus wasted an opportunity to leapfrog Inter at the top of the Serie A table, as the two-point gap between the sides remained intact. 

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