Allegri explains Juve choices

by | Oct 18, 2015 22:22

Max Allegri explained his tactical choices against Inter and assured “Juventus will definitely challenge for the Scudetto.”

The Bianconeri picked up a 0-0 draw at San Siro in the Derby d’Italia.

“We needed the same determination in attack that Andrea Barzagli had when defending. We lack goals, a team like ours cannot score so few goals after eight rounds,” the Coach told Sky Sport Italia.

Max Allegri explained his tactical choices against Inter and assured “Juventus will definitely challenge for the Scudetto.”

The Bianconeri picked up a 0-0 draw at San Siro in the Derby d’Italia.

“We needed the same determination in attack that Andrea Barzagli had when defending. We lack goals, a team like ours cannot score so few goals after eight rounds,” the Coach told Sky Sport Italia.

“We have to improve on the timing of runs and passes, but let’s also not forget that I’ve only had the full squad for two days. It was a decent performance in the circumstances.”

Allegri was asked about his surprise decision to start Simone Zaza rather than Paulo Dybala.

“Of those who returned from South America, only Juan Cuadrado started because his characteristics are unique.

“I thought Zaza did very well and proved he belongs at Juventus. He caused problems for the Inter defenders and worked hard for the team.

“Alvaro Morata has the qualities to play with anyone. I think Dybala will have to transform, and is already doing so, into a trequartista or support striker when against teams that are locked down. He’s getting there, but with harder work than he’s used to is less sharp when reaching the goal.

“Mario Mandzukic is strong when there are players on his sides providing service, while Zaza is better at attacking the space.”

Paul Pogba was again far from his old self in midfield, so is the Number 10 jersey weighing on him?

“Paul has some very specific characteristics, he’s a box to box midfielder. At the moment his timing is a little wrong and it’s a lot busier with a traffic jam in midfield.

“He is only 22 years old, but in order to bring quality, he needs to maintain intensity throughout the full 90 minutes.”

Juventus sit in 14th place with nine points from eight rounds, below Milan, Genoa and Palermo.

“I don’t know if we’ll win the Scudetto, but we will definitely get back into the race. That’s for certain. I don’t want us to get caught up in the anxiety of the situation now, as there’s a long way to go.

“The plan is to be challenging by the start of March and then we’ll see about a final push. Getting one point here doesn’t move the table much, but it stops Inter breaking away, we kept a clean sheet and put in a strong performance.

“Once again, we have to realise a team that scores nine goals in eight games cannot win the Scudetto, so we’ve got to improve our finishing.”

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