Allegri: ‘Juventus are getting there’

by | Oct 17, 2021 22:22

Max Allegri explains why he ‘likes a 1-0 result’ and feels Juventus are ‘getting there’ this season, albeit admitting Jose Mourinho’s Roma ‘deserved a draw’ in Turin.

The Bianconeri secured a fourth consecutive Serie A victory, as Moise Kean accidentally redirected the Rodrigo Bentancur header from point-blank range to decide the game.

Wojciech Szczesny was crucial too, parrying a Jordan Veretout penalty, awarded after a chaotic move which arguably could’ve been allowed to continue for a Tammy Abraham tap-in, but equally also had a Henrikh Mkhitaryan handball issue.

Serie A | Juventus 1-0 Roma: Kean, chaos and spot-kick decisive

“I like 1-0, as it’s a good result, especially as we kept another clean sheet,” Allegri told DAZN.

“Roma are a technically good team, they have a lot of quality and caused us problems early on, then we scored a good goal and improved as time wore on.”

Allegri and Mourinho have both said they are focused more on results than aesthetics, which was again evident this evening.

The Old Lady had a dismal start to the season, but are now more solid, efficient and in the Allegri style.

“We have players more suited to counter-attacks, those are their characteristics, so when we try to play the ball, we either fall asleep or get irritable.

“It’s an important victory, another step forward in the table and a further progress for the season. We were missing Dybala, De Ligt, Rabiot, Morata only came on at the end, but when everyone plays with that spirit, you don’t concede as many goals.

“We are starting to slow the game down at the right time, but we need to step up the pace too when it’s required. I won’t lie, I probably did damage too at the start with some of my choices, I had to get to know some players and their characteristics, but we’re getting there.”

The penalty save was a further step forward for Szczesny, who had been bitterly criticised by fans and media early in the season, but has rediscovered his form.

“Szczesny made all his mistakes for the season in one fell swoop and is now bringing back what he can to the team. We need to improve in the final third, the timing and movement, but we’ll get there.”

Despite the tension and controversy, Mourinho and Allegri gave each other a high-five at the final whistle.

“We knew beforehand it would be tough. Roma could’ve deserved a draw, but these are games that depend on incidents and tonight fortunately they went our way. I do say they put in a good performance and are one of the best teams in the league.”

Max Allegri


  1. Cypher

    3 points from Inter and Juve haven’t even kicked into full gear.

    Serie A be scared.

  2. SArcone

    Calm down. A win is a win, but even I am getting restless with this passive play (at home by the way). We cannot pass the ball more than 3 times without giving it away and cheaply. When we attack on the counter, we somehow manage to go all the way back again. The midfield we know is light weight, but they get overrun too easily and cannot move the ball quick enough. Bonucci and Chiellini got very lucky tonight as they cannot kick the simplest of balls away, and gifting Inter these sorts of presents will be met with swift punishment. I will be happy with a CL spot as I just cannot see winning the league. In terms of CL we will get eaten alive as playing 1980’s style football will not win anything nowadays. It has not won it for us in the past and yet we are still playing the same game. We do not have the players to do this but the mindset is so negative. I am very worried about next week. Inter might have lost yesterday but it pains me to say it, they play free flowing football and create chances. We play a smash and grab game. It will not work week in week out. If Roma had converted the penalty and got the second we would have lost and rightfully so.

  3. EL CID

    @Sarcone… One word for you mate : BORING. FYI, it was not 1980’s style football. It was tactical clash between Allegri and Mourinho. Did you see Mourinho shut Chiesa down perfectly with his tactic? I guess you don’t understand all this stuff. But hey, feel free to say if if if if if…. Because in the end Juve got 3pts with smart play and common sense.

  4. Hal

    Dont forget Juve missing 4 1st team player and still got the win

  5. white Rabbit

    I think this was a game of two tactical master minds. They are two very detailed managers, who will always have close games when managing against each other. I think the best player on the pitch today was by far Danilo. He was always there at the right place at the right time, he made some crunching plays at the right time in the match. @ SArcone you have a good point, but this is the match that we needed to win, going all gung ho and loose was not the option today. I cant believe I am actually giving credit to EL CID who might have had a change of heart for Allegri. I understand the concerns with the attacking play though. We need to be better when we have the ball in the final third, but we really havent had key players always available in midfield and attack for the start of the season. I enjoyed this victory even if it was an ugly one, but as EL CID said we got the 3 points against a very good team and world class manager. I will take this victory any day against a top team. Now lets get 3 points against Zenit and see what we can do against Inter, god i hate them so much.

  6. EL CID

    @white Rabbit. A kid or an idiot impersonated me on this blog. Probably a butthurt Ronaldo fan or typical Inter/Milan fan. He used my nickname to speaking ill of Juve and Allegri. Cheers!

  7. serie a lover

    time to return chiesa back to the wing. he is too uninvolved in the game when play as a 2nd striker. get him back on the wing so he can run at players

  8. SArcone

    @EL CID, I am not even going to waste my time with your utter nonsense. You are a fake Juventus fan. When we win you are all happy. When we lose you are calling us Rube. I believe that you are a closet Inter fan.

    @white Rabbit I did say a win is win. I say it how it is and I am objective. We have momentum and Dybala will return. Things are looking positive in terms of results and keeping two clean sheets. Allegri seems to have steadied the ship. However we cannot deny that the defending and general play has been too edgy for my liking. We were at home and needed to try harder to get the second goal. It is very hard these days to sit on a one goal lead. It worked yesterday but in the derby this week, we cannot have this mindset as they will come at us. For god sake we are Juventus and we should not be scared of anyone. But you have good points. If you agree with EL CID you might need check up. That guy just bashes our club in every post I have seen.

  9. claude

    This clown EL CID is now trying to repent for his past sins, frequently hating on Juventus and the real supporters who stick with the club through thick and thin. He is only talking rationally now as we won. I bet come Sunday if we draw or even lose he will be speaking his rubbish once again. This guy knows nothing and is like a yoyo he goes up and down, and changes constantly like the weather. Even on the Inter fan page he is dumping on us. Complete clown

  10. Chris

    I was not going to comment on this until I saw the numpty el cid posting his usual gibberish. Heaven forbid if anyone has a different view other then that of the world’s most knowledgeable man on football. I do not mind people like him criticising the club as long as it is constructive. Juve are not that far from the leaders and I know Napoli will drop points as they do not have the depth to go all the way. A couple of injuries will peg them back. Fair play to @SArcone most of what he says is always bang on and constructive unlike that fool cid. I was a bit surprised by the criticism as we got the win and kept the clean sheet.

  11. EL CID

    Shut up you fools. How can I be criticised when I admitted to supporting Inter, Milan, Roma, Lazio, Napoli, Atalanta, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Barcelona (before Messi left), P$G (because of Messi), Bayern Munich, Man City, Man Utd, Liverpool, Chelsea, Ajax, Benfica, Porto, Galatasaray, Fenerbache, Shanghai SIPG, Sydney FC, Kawasaki, AEK Athens and many more. I might not know nothing about anything, but so do you guys. I am tired, cold, hungry and confused that is why I support 32 teams so I never get disappointed. That guy impersonating me is a fraud pretending to love Juventus. Truth is my whole family and I despise the club and its fans. To the fake EL CID please cut it out.

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