Max Allegri insists he is ‘on the same page’ as Juventus directors when planning for next season, confirming they already have enough youth and he’s pushing for more ‘experienced’ players to join.
The Bianconeri ended their campaign with a 2-0 defeat to Fiorentina, decided by an Alfred Duncan strike and Nico Gonzalez penalty at the Stadio Artemio Franchi.
“The first half was good, we made too many mistakes in the final third and should’ve done better in some situations, but there were also players who had practically not trained at all. Now we need to turn the page and prepare for next year,” Allegri told Sky Sport Italia.
“Kean and Rabiot were a yellow card away from suspension, so they were booked today. Now we’ll talk to the club and then see what happens.
“I am happy because we are on the same page and many players naturally need to leave, Paulo Dybala and Federico Bernardeschi at the end of their contracts, so we just have to do everything with calm and focus to fix the squad.”
Angel Di Maria was in tears during his final game with Paris Saint-Germain this evening, so Sky Sport Italia joked it was because he didn’t know if Allegri would play him on the right or left next season.
“Every day the papers give names, we need to rest tomorrow and from Monday can start thinking about how to sort the squad out. There are good foundations to build on.”
The coach did effectively confirm that he has asked Juve to bring in more experienced veterans, for example Di Maria and Paul Pogba, to make them competitive immediately.
“We already have five talented young players: Vlahovic, Locatelli, De Ligt, Chiesa, while Miretti had four good games. I think slowly they will improve.
“It’s natural that you need a mix of youth and experience, as it’s more difficult to win just with lots of young players. The veterans also help the younger players to grow and mature. We need balance when constructing the squad.”
This season ends without silverware for the first time since 2010-11, but also with eight fewer points than Andrea Pirlo managed in Serie A last term.
They lost eight games to six, scoring 20 fewer goals and conceding as many as last season.
“It’s also a psychological aspect, because we had to chase from the start and knew once we lost to Inter and had secured fourth place, the results after that didn’t entirely reflect the team and are somewhat false. After that push to get back, once the motivation was lacking, we lost intensity.
“Having said that, we also know that we need to score more goals, play with more intensity, we have to keep the good things from this season and improve those that didn’t work as well.”
Allegri e il mercato Juventus: “C’è unità d’intenti. Serve mix, con tutti giovani è dura vincere” https://t.co/Ym8AcWMDH9
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