Max Allegri insists Juventus did well in the first half of their 4-0 humiliation against Chelsea, saying: ‘We have limitations, there’s no denying it.’
The reigning Champions League holders ran riot with goals from Trevor Chalobah, Reece James, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Timo Werner.
Only Alvaro Morata really threatened, his chip denied by a Thiago Silva goal-line clearance at 1-0, and Weston McKennie forced the one real save.
This was a humiliation for Juventus, who had not lost by four clear goals in all competition since a 4-0 Serie A defeat to Roma in February 2004 and suffered their worst ever Champions League defeat.
“I think the first half was good. After the break, they continued their press, while we were a bit too weak on the second and third goals,” Allegri told Sky Sport Italia.
“We allowed a few too many corners, where they are strong physically. We had a few situations where we could’ve done better. It’s disappointing to concede four goals, but the objective was achieved and now we must think about Saturday’s game with Atalanta.
“There were moments when we gave the ball away too cheaply by trying to make vertical passes too quickly rather than keeping the ball. We do that often and need to work on that, because you can’t do it against the reigning champions of Europe.
“The team was by no means bad in the first half. After the break, we lost confidence after the errors for the second and third goals.”
Romelu Lukaku was on the bench this evening with an ankle issue, so Chelsea used Christian Pulisic as a False 9 in a more versatile trident attack. Did Lukaku’s presence in the first leg make it easier for Juventus to defend against?
“It’s not that it made it easier, it’s that they had a completely different tactical approach. We were much more focused with our defending for 90 minutes in Turin, whereas here we rather let go after 45,” replied Allegri.
“In any case, we have qualified with two games to spare and can now focus on the next match. Today I congratulated the lads on reaching the Champions League Round of 16.
“It’s not as if after beating Lazio we have become the best team in Europe. We have limitations, there’s no denying it, and we will work on them to improve.”
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