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Tuesday September 20 2016
Allegri: ‘Inter-Juventus was terrible!’

Massimiliano Allegri believes Inter-Juventus was “one of the ugliest games on a technical level in the last 30 years”.

The Derby d’Italia saw the Bianconeri defeated by the Beneamata at San Siro, leading to suggestions that the Coach could shake things up to face Cagliari tomorrow.

“First of all I’ll have to look at the training session today to see who will be available for tomorrow,” Allegri noted in his pre-match Press conference.

“I mean that in the sense that there are some who have played a lot of games like [Sami] Khedira. [Leo] Bonucci needs a bit of work because he hasn’t worked much after the return on August 2 because of various problems which were thankfully resolved.

“So I’ll have to assess it today, meaning that talking about the formation doesn’t make much sense.

“By the way, I think Inter-Juventus on Sunday evening was one of the ugliest games on a technical level in the last 30 years, where we scored a goal with good play from Alex Sandro and then scored two goals against ourselves, without taking anything away from Inter who played an angry match, meaning their competitive level and desire to prove themselves.

“We gave a lot of balls to them, and when you play football the idea is to pass the ball to someone in the same shirt as you. We were lacking a lot in terms of that.

“Then there came a drama where within 24 hours we have to ditch the work and certainties that we’ve had for years, I don’t think that makes much sense and above all it demonstrates our insecurities.

“One thing is certain, throughout the year the team will have to change system to try and take advantage of the characteristics of the players we have, who will need to grow.

“[Marko] Pjaca, who is a young player with a great future definitely needs more time just like maybe [Paulo] Dybala did last year or [Alvaro] Morata two years ago.

“Everything takes time, and above all we want balance because otherwise if we play a match as badly as Sunday, with all the certainties we have, it means we’re on the wrong path.”

Allegri also took the fans to task for their treatment of Hernanes, who struggled in his first season in Turin last term.

“Khedira has played seven games in a row, and I don’t think he’s done that for a long time so we’ve already made a step forward there.

“It’s normal that he’d need to recover, so we have [Mario] Lemina, [Miralem] Pjanic, [Kwadwo] Asamoah and Hernanes, because Hernanes is a player who last year [pauses]…

“I see that at the stadium when we play at home, every now and then he gets a bit of whistling. I think we need some respect for Hernanes, because he was very important last year.

“Let’s not forget when we won in Manchester [against City], he helped in Bayern Munich at home when [Claudio] Marchisio went off at the end of the first half.

“In football everyone can make mistakes, Hernanes is an important player for Juventus and must remain so because [Stefano] Sturaro is returning now but he’s still a bit short of top condition.

“Marchisio isn’t ready yet and will be missing for a little while yet, and every player in this squad has to feel part of this project, or rather this season because there are no projects, in football you just have to win game-by-game.

“I think Hernanes should be helped because at home that doesn’t happen because - with all the respect I have for the fans - I put him on the pitch and he just gets whistled.

“He’s a player who contributed last year like everyone else did. I have four midfielders because Khedira will almost certainly be rested tomorrow, and from that I’ll choose three.

“That is unless I decide to play [Juan] Cuadrado, Dani Alves or Alex Sandro as an outside midfielder.”

The tactician also revealed that youngster Daniele Rugani will start against the Isolani tomorrow.

“Rugani will play tomorrow,” Allegri confirmed.

“That’s another example of the squad Juventus have, he’s an international and he’s grown a lot even if we haven’t seen him at the beginning because he hasn’t played.

“However, he’s a player who, like I said, grew last year and this year he’s acquitted himself very well.

“He’s a player who will play for Juventus for 10 years, but ahead of him he’s got three plus [Medhi] Benatia, so four very good players.

“He has plenty of time to grow, he’ll definitely play this year, he’ll find space and play a lot of games. We’re only at the start.”

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