Allegri, Di Maria, Sarri: what you didn’t spot on TV during Juventus vs. Lazio

Massimiliano Allegri was furious with Angel Di Maria in the final minutes of JuventusLazio and El Fideo entered the tunnel immediately after the final whistle without waving to the fans. Here are four Juventus-Lazio things you may have missed on TV.

Football Italia was among the accredited media for Thursday’s Coppa Italia quarter-finals between the Old Lady and Lazio at the Allianz Stadium and brings you the four things you could have missed from TV.

Maurizio Sarri

The former Bianconeri boss was not targeted with insulting chants by his former fans as it had happened in the previous Serie A meeting in November. Sarri may be the last Juventus coach to have won the title but is known to be not exactly a fan of the Bianconeri. However, this time there was more respect for the Tuscan tactician who looked furious when his men conceded through Gleison Bremer before the break. The 64-year-old approached his staff members on the bench and seemed to complain about Luis Maximiano who had claimed the ball being eventually anticipated by the header of the Brazilian defender. Nevertheless, Sarri defended the goalkeeper during a post-match press conference, admitting that his first season at the Stadio Olimpico has been tormented.

Carlo Pinsoglio

The Allianz Stadium was half-empty last night with circa 21,000 fans in the stands, including 307 from Rome. The atmosphere was frosty during the warm-up, so third-choice goalkeeper Carlo Pinsoglio tried to revitalise the supporters in the Curva Scirea, who reacted accordingly. This is something Pinsoglio usually does during warm-ups, but this time it was probably more meaningful given that Juventus players need support from fans more than ever after a 15-point deduction and had lost the previous Serie A match against Monza in Turin. Surely, the Bianconeri didn’t lack support in any part of the game as fans continued to motivate their lads throughout the 90 minutes. It may be the most challenging moment for the club in over a decade, but fans are steadily backing the team.

Massimiliano Allegri

You couldn’t watch it on TV, but a fan at the stadium captured Allegri’s anger at Angel Di Maria in the final minutes of the game. The coach’s frustration was clearly visible from the press box and highlighted by the fact that Max angrily walked inside the tunnel after seeing El Fideo misplacing a pass rather than holding the ball and letting Juventus’ defence breathe. He explained his reaction at a post-match press conference confirming that Di Maria should have managed possession differently.

Angel Di Maria

The Argentinean winger was introduced in the second half and impressed the crowd with a couple of his famous skills that helped the Bianconeri gain numerical advantage in the final third, although his teammates were quite wasteful and didn’t capitalise on any counter-attack in the second half. However, Allegri was furious with the World Cup winner in the final minutes and, perhaps, this is the reason why the ex-Man United and Real Madrid winger walked straight inside the tunnel after the final whistle keeping his head down and not joining his teammates waving to the fans as they usually do after every home match, whether they win or lose.

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