Sunday February 1 2015
Allegri: 'Juve risked losing'

Max Allegri admits Juventus “risked losing” against Udinese and was happy with the 0-0 draw.

“We played badly in the first half and kept throwing the ball away, were too hasty trying to go forward and left ourselves open to the counter-attack,” he told Sky Sport Italia.

“We went closer to conceding a goal than scoring in the first half. After the break we were more solid and more careful with the ball, so only ran a couple of risks.

“Udinese played with a lot of intensity and we made too many mistakes. In the end the result is fair, as it’s one of those games we risked losing.”

The Bianconeri moved to 3-5-2 and Gigi Buffon was forced into several saves.

“I think the difficulties in the first half were above all because we had three defenders plus Pirlo, then everyone else was already on the edge of the other box hoping to score. Against a side like Udinese that’s a very dangerous approach to take.”

Roma remain seven points adrift, but Juve could’ve gone nine in front with a victory.

“It’s a long season and seven points isn’t much. We have a long way to go yet and must look forward to next weekend.”

Allegri confirmed Sebastian Giovinco will terminate his contract early to join Toronto FC, so Alessandro Matri of Genoa and Inter outcast Daniel Osvaldo are the options.

It’s reported this morning Matri underwent a medical, as he is currently out injured.

“They are two important players, but the club will evaluate what are the best conditions to bring them to Turin.

“Giovinco is leaving, so four strikers aren’t enough and it’s normal we need someone else.”

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