NEWS
Sunday August 13 2017
Allegri: 'Ugly Juve performance'

Max Allegri admits Juventus put in “an ugly performance and Lazio deserved” to win the Italian Super Cup after a 3-2 thriller.

Paulo Dybala’s two goals late on got them back on level terms after a Ciro Immobile brace, but in stoppages Jordan Lukaku shrugged off Mattia De Sciglio to pull back from the by-line for Alessandro Murgia.

“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,” Allegri told Rai Sport.

“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.”

Juventus visibly changed gear when making the substitutions, above all Douglas Costa for Juan Cuadrado.

“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.”

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