Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri insists players are not against the training retreat imposed after Tuesday’s defeat against Maccabi Haifa.

The Bianconeri are preparing for a key Serie A clash against their city rivals tomorrow at 17.00 UK time.

They’ve lost the last two matches against Milan in Serie A and Maccabi Haifa in the Champions League so Allegri imposed a training retreat which, according to multiple reports, was not accepted by many players.

“It’s absolutely not true that somebody rejected to come,” said Allegri at a press conference.

“The team has never asked not to make the training retreat and it was a punishment. We returned [from Israel] on Wednesday at 6 pm, and we trained straight away. The following morning we were on the pitch at 10 am.

“We are focused on how to end this situation, the only way to do it is by getting a result,” he added.

“We have a derby tomorrow, an important game for both. Torino are an aggressive team, they have intensity, so we need to be careful and work as a team. We must obtain a good result.”

Allegri insisted that Juventus ‘always have the same targets’ despite their poor start to the season.

“We are far behind in Serie A, we were affected by games against Monza and Salernitana, that’s what we got wrong. Now, 29 games are remaining and we want to recover. We’ll focus on the Champions League after the match with Empoli.

“We must pay more attention, especially in the defensive phase.”

Juventus President Andrea Agnelli confirmed his trust in the coach on Tuesday after a 2-0 loss against Maccabi.

“The President has given motivation to the environment, now we must be even more united. We must be altogether to end this moment, we must do simple things.

“It’s not a personal challenge, this situation involves everyone. We win and lose together. The team has worked well these two days, today we have a last training session and tomorrow we play.

“From the outside, you may think that the team is not united, but I believe they all have the desire to overcome difficulties. A match won’t solve all their problems, we need a nice performance tomorrow.”

Does Moise Kean have a chance to start?

“He felt a little problem before the match with Maccabi, so I didn’t want to take any risk. Tomorrow, I will pick two between Kean, Vlahovic and Milik. I haven’t decided on the line-up yet, we have the last training today.”

Leandro Paredes has been among the most criticised players lately, what does he make of the Argentinean midfielder?

“He hadn’t played much with PSG before coming here, then he played some good games. Paredes is not the problem, other midfielders are not the problem, it concerns everyone.”

9 thought on “Allegri denies Juventus players are against training retreat”
  1. He is right, players are not the problem, midfield is not a problem. Everything is going wonderfully well and according to plan for Allegri slow-ball. Their target is to finish in top 10 in the table, and play low block defensive football, and they can do it.

  2. CALMAAA!!! @fish and chip boy ^. PhD Max, honorary citizen of Haifa and legend of zombienaccio knows what he is doing. A master tactician both on and off the field. Rolls Royce Max knows how to play the media game. Admit it and then the vultures will be in a frenzy. Deny it and keep the suspense going. 2 CL finals and a 6 time scudetto winner. Absolute legend of the bush league back, back, down, down.

  3. “We must pay more attention, especially in the defensive phase.”

    My oh my.

    And how many times does he say “I haven’t decided on the lineup yet”?
    Probably one reason why team looks lost, the coach doesn’t evn know what he wants.

  4. Lord Allegri…thanks for making me laugh daily. FI should really hire you to be a columnist. Or…you should start your own podcast…i would pay.

  5. I feel for you @Lord. People may slag you off but you deflect all the hate and are always handing out facts. They hate only because they are in denial. They hate but read every post you put up. They hate but now it seems they like to use your name. Smart move to add the photo.

  6. I feel for you @Lord. People may slag you off but you deflect all the hate and are always handing out facts. They hate only because they are in denial. They hate but read every post you put up. They hate but now it seems they like to use your name. Smart move to add the photo.

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