Max Allegri admits Juventus must ‘be aware of the position we have in the table at this moment’ after being leapfrogged by Monza with a 2-0 home defeat. ‘We’re making too many mistakes.’
It was another devastating blow to the Bianconeri’s season, as a 15-point penalty isn’t the only reason they are struggling, conceding 10 goals in the last three Serie A games.
They were well beaten 2-0 at home today by newly-promoted Monza, as Patrick Ciurria and Dany Mota Carvalho goals were decisive, plus a Gianluca Caprari effort that was narrowly flagged offside.
“I don’t think we’d ever played a first half like that and we should reflect on that. It went better after the break, but we must admit responsibility for the overall performance,” Allegri told DAZN.
Michele Di Gregorio also made some fine saves in the second half on Adrien Rabiot and Angel Di Maria, but the fightback petered out completely when Gleison Bremer got Arek Milik’s goal disallowed and then the Polish striker limped off with a thigh injury.
“Milik has a flexor issue, he will be out for a while.”
It was also the introduction of young players like Matias Soule and Samuel Iling Junior that woke up the Old Lady.
“With Atalanta it was a strange game, but I look at the statistics. In three games we picked up one point, conceded 10 goals including some frankly easy ones today. It is not possible to concede from a throw-in, they got through us with embarrassing ease.
“We were sluggish and didn’t even react after the first goal they had disallowed, which was a warning. We’ve been making too many mistakes and haven’t had the right mentality, but the attitude in the second half was completely different.”
Incredibly, with the 15-point penalty, this result means Monza have leapfrogged Juventus in the Serie A table, having also beaten them 1-0 at the U-Power Stadium back in September.
The club is lodging an appeal against the verdict, so it could still be revoked, but Allegri warns they cannot count on that.
“We must be aware of the position we have in the table at this moment, not of the 38 that we earned. We have 23 points now and must act like it. So after today’s defeat, we have to work on that situation, which momentarily is the real one.
“Every game is decisive, we need to get out of this vortex as quickly as possible. We have one point from three rounds and that should not happen. We were unbeaten at home until now. Monza are a good side, but we cannot concede those two goals so softly.
“Anyone who is not able to get it done, it is only right they are left out.”
Allegri took quite a while to reach the media, so what did he say to the squad in the locker room after the match?
“I told them the exact same things I just told you.”
They are already back in action next week in the Coppa Italia quarter-final against Lazio.