Sunday March 19 2017
Allegri: 'Juve made me angry'

Max Allegri explained his absolutely furious touchline antics towards the end of the 1-0 Juventus victory away to Sampdoria.

Juan Cuadrado’s diving header proved the only goal of the game at Marassi, but in the final 10 minutes Allegri was stalking the sidelines and screaming at his players.

“I got angry because in those situations you just need to be organised, keep your shape and play on the counter when the opposition is forced to take the initiative,” the Coach told Sky Sport Italia and Mediaset Premium.

“In the first half they went down five times and we put the ball out of play for treatment, then as soon as they came back in, they didn’t give it back. You’ve got to learn quickly, then!

“If one of our players is down, put the ball out. Fair play is all well and good, but there’s no need to be naïve, otherwise you may as well go on the PlayStation.

“These three points are a step forward, it was important to win today because after the break for international duty we’ve got a really tough fixture list.

“The lads had one of our best first half performances of the season, playing well and creating many chances, but we couldn’t maintain the tempo and were disorganised in the second half.”

There was tension early on, as Paulo Dybala went off with a muscular problem.

“It doesn’t seem to be anything serious, he felt the thigh muscle harden and had been feeling that for a few days, so we decided not to risk it.

“It’s normal to feel tiredness after such a long season and we should’ve controlled the ball better in the second half, therefore saving ourselves energy in chasing it down.

“The important thing is not to take anything for granted.”

Allegri was also asked about his future with Juventus and was far from reassuring.

“I have an excellent rapport with the club. At the right moment I’ll be called in and they’ll let me know what they intend to do.”

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