Saturday January 6 2018
Allegri: 'Cagliari deserved more'

Max Allegri admits Cagliari “didn’t deserve to lose, but people have to accept the referee’s decision” after a controversial Juventus victory.

The Bianconeri remain within a point of leaders Napoli and extend their lead from third-placed Inter to eight points thanks to a Federico Bernardeschi tap-in.

“We didn’t react as well as we should’ve done, the second half was very physical. It was very important that we bring home the result, so I compliment the lads, as we are still in Napoli’s slipstream and have broken away from Inter and Roma,” the Coach told Mediaset Premium after the 1-0 win.

There was a very controversial incident, as moments after the goal, Bernardeschi charged down a Simone Padoin cross with his arm, but a penalty was not awarded.

“After going 1-0 up, we could’ve added another goal, or at least done better to control the ball rather than allow Cagliari opportunities to equalise.

“I will say that Cagliari did not deserve to lose today. VAR is an instrument that was meant to reduce controversy, but instead it has increased it because people don’t accept the referee’s decision.

“Juventus have done our duty very well so far this season, as we are second in Serie A, through to the Champions League Round of 16 and the Coppa Italia Semi-Finals.”

There was also a bitter blow for, as Paulo Dybala limped off with a suspected hamstring strain.

“We don’t know how bad it is now, but he will have tests. Fortunately we go into a two-week break now and he’ll evidently need to rest more than the others during that time, so hopefully will be fresh for the final weeks of the season.”

See the latest Serie A predictions and betting tips with