NEWS
Tuesday January 6 2015
Allegri: 'Juve lost heads'

Max Allegri admits Juventus “lost our heads” in the second half and risked defeat to Inter, but is not worried by Roma.

Carlos Tevez had opened the scoring within five minutes, but Mauro Icardi got the equaliser in a 1-1 Derby d’Italia.

“We knew the game would be difficult, but for 45 minutes it was one of our best performances of the season. We couldn’t keep that intensity up for the full 90,” the Coach told Sky Sport Italia.

“Even before the goal we had lost a bit of organisation and were making too many technical mistakes, so that is something we need to work on.

“After that we lost our heads for a moment, conceding two chances we should not have allowed our opponents, and even ran a risk 10 seconds from the end. It was mad to allow a counter like that with 10 against 11.

“In the first half it was one-way traffic. Inter deserve credit for fighting back and it’s a shame we didn’t start the year with a victory, but the performance was excellent in the first half and sufficient in the second.

“In my view we were too static in the second half, whereas in the first the midfielders were always moving and not allowing Inter any reference points, so they could never catch us.”

This draw means that Juve’s lead at the top of the Serie A table has been cut to just one point.

Juventus have now drawn five of their last six games in all competition, as the Italian Super Cup defeat to Napoli was on penalties.

“Roma have been one point behind us many times already. We’re still top of the table and there are many points still up for grabs.

“This was the kind of game you risk losing too, so we are pleased to be in our position and fully aware Roma will be an antagonist to the end.”

Juventus confirmed that Wesley Sneijder is a transfer target, though not at Galatasaray’s current demands.

“In order to improve this squad we need great players and Sneijder is one of them. He is a Galatasaray player and perhaps we have a chance for someone else, but the important thing is to have a midfielder with certain characteristics.

“At the moment we only have five for four roles, so it’s not ideal for them to play all the time. I have great midfielders and wouldn’t change them for any other team in the world, so to improve the squad there are very few who could really make a difference.

“When we start playing a game every three days and the Champions League returns, we will need more options.”