Max Allegri again blasted Juventus for “taking our foot off the gas” during a 3-2 Coppa Italia win over Atalanta. “It keeps happening.”
The Bianconeri seemed to be home and dry in the Round of 16 fixture at 2-0 after 34 minutes, but had to cling on under pressure in the final stages.
“It was a good performance from both teams,” the Coach told Rai Sport.
“Unfortunately we kind of stopped playing and at the end really ran a huge risk of conceding a third goal. At that stage it would’ve made qualification really tough, as Atalanta found confidence and were pouring forward.
“This type of match does us good, because we have to learn that the game isn’t over until the end and we’ve got to avoid these errors.
“I can understand the opposition being fired up, but I won’t accept us taking our foot off the gas. Tonight we ran a really big risk. The games aren’t over until the final whistle.
“We need to get it into our heads that you attack when it’s time to attack, then you defend when it’s time to defend. We’ve got to reflect, because this seems to happen to us a lot now, at least once a month.
“When the game looks like it’s safe, we have to keep a clean sheet. We defended badly on the goals, but other than those we didn’t really need tough saves. Atalanta had pushed forward, but if we defended in an organised and determined fashion, we wouldn’t have allowed them to score.”
Marko Pjaca made his comeback after three months out with a fracture.
“He had 15 minutes tonight and we’ll see how he trains. He returned after 100 days out, he’s young and tonight learned that it’s tough to play in Italy.”
Before the match, Juve director Beppe Marotta confirmed they are considering Schalke 04 left-back Sead Kolasinac, so will he arrive in January or at the end of the season?
“At the moment we’ve got Patrice Evra, so it’s unlikely we’ll have someone new in,” was Allegri’s response.
Evra has been dropped from the squad for the last two competitive games while he decides on the Valencia offer.
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