Wednesday January 30 2019
Allegri: 'Juve defeat in the air'

Max Allegri congratulated Atalanta for their 3-0 Coppa Italia victory and confessed “it was in the air” after a few Juventus hiccups.

It was not a good way for him to mark his 250th competitive match on the Juve bench, especially as he was sent off for dissent.

“They were right to send me off, as I was losing my temper at the time,” Allegri told Rai Sport.

The 3-0 defeat came just days after Juve fought back to scrape a 2-1 win away to Lazio in Serie A.

“This result was in the air for a while, frankly. We had players coming back from injuries, others who were out. You can recover one or two games from a negative situation, but you’re going to lose eventually.

“It’s nothing to get dramatic about, as it was just an off day. Atalanta fully deserved to go through and had more verve about them.

“It’s disappointing for us to go out, but it was mad to think Juventus could’ve won every single match this season. We really gave some goals away tonight.

“I don’t see it as any alarm bell to be worried about, because it is impossible to win every game. We wanted to win the Coppa Italia for the fifth time in a row, but Atalanta were very physical and aggressive, so congratulations to them.

“I think a lesson like this can be of use to a team. Last season, we drew with Crotone with a real struggle and then fell to Napoli. You rescue one, you rescue two, you’re going to fall eventually.

“We were simply out of steam. It can happen after such a long successful run. We’ve got Parma on Saturday and they are really strong on the counter-attack too. Mario Mandzukic will be back on Saturday, Sami Khedira and Miralem Pjanic were back tonight. There are those who kept us afloat thus far.”

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