Tuesday December 5 2017
Allegri: 'Juve must think positive'

Max Allegri wants Juventus to “go for the jugular” when in the lead, but urged their fans to “stop being so negative” about the Champions League.

Juan Cuadrado and Federico Bernardeschi got the goals in a 2-0 result away to Olympiacos, going through second in the group behind Barcelona.

“We got a lot wrong in the second half, so I was angry, and it’s always dangerous in Europe. On a corner there was a flick-on, Szczesny had a great save and we could’ve been 1-1 at the break,” the Coach told Mediaset Premium.

“It was like a Final, we needed the win so we wouldn’t have to wait for the result in Barcelona. We need to improve and be more clinical.

“We misplaced a few too many passes in the second half and risked dangerous situations. You have to understand the moment of that match, not concede and wait for it to pass. We were in a similar situation against Napoli, as we were too static and you can’t control the game when you are static.

“We need to work on not making so many technical errors. When you are in the lead and the pressure builds, naturally it’s a different type of game to the start. It’s a phase of the match we need to work better in and focus on not making mistakes.

“When you realise the game is there to be finished off, you have to go for the jugular. A game can change at any moment on a set play, so we can’t leave it open.”

Paulo Dybala was substituted by not fully fit Miralem Pjanic, as La Joya gave away the ball repeatedly.

“At the moment, things aren’t going the right way for Dybala, but it happened at this stage last season too. Paulo needs to relax and keep doing the simple things, training hard and finding the right fitness levels.”

Allegri closed on a note of protest when a joke was made in studio about the number of Champions League Finals Juve have lost.

“Juventus fans have this negativity in their minds. It’s not easy to reach a Champions League Final. They always say we lost two Finals, not that we reached two Finals in three years. I want them to be more positive.”

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