Max Allegri assures Juventus ‘will learn from these mistakes’ after a home defeat to Empoli, but cannot keep thinking about Cristiano Ronaldo. ‘We must play as a team, not try to resolve things as individuals.’
It was the worst possible way for the Bianconeri to begin the new post-Cristiano Ronaldo era, losing 1-0 at home to newly-promoted Empoli, and also Allegri’s first game back at the Stadium after a two-year absence.
“The lads had started strong, they conceded at the first mistake playing out, then got too hasty. We must have the patience to take it calmly, play as a team and not try to resolve things as individuals,” Allegri told DAZN.
Juve have just one point from the first two Serie A rounds, having drawn 2-2 at Udinese after taking a 2-0 lead.
“We need to work on our solidity, but these two slip-ups will inevitably do us good. This is a strong squad, it has values and gradually they will emerge.
“Empoli leave a lot of spaces on the wings, but the things we really did badly were technical errors, because we were frenetic. We can’t assume we will take the lead and control every game, we need the calm that a great team has, knowing we can overturn it.”
“A difficult moment helps you to grow, we must try to keep things simple, be united and there were too many players who made mistakes they don’t usually make because they were frenetic.
“We realised what we shouldn’t do in Udine and learned another valuable lesson this evening. Obviously, we dropped five points, but have to learn from these lessons and use them going forward.
“We’ve got to slowly find our balance. These players are if anything too generous, they were distraught because they had started well and wanted to win, but we have to learn from these mistakes.
“It takes time, we can’t go from 0-10 in one second. The main thing is we can’t be frenetic, we need to be patient when attacking and defending, because our haste to get the ball back can create spaces.”
With Aaron Ramsey and Arthur injured, Allegri surprisingly started Weston McKennie as a trequartista behind strikers Paulo Dybala and Federico Chiesa, then introduced Alvaro Morata for the second half.
“There are some positive elements, as Danilo did well in front of the defence and was one of the few to keep calm right to the end. Manuel Locatelli will be in better shape after the break for international duty.”
“Cristiano spent three years at Juventus, he scored goals, which he is very good at, he’s an extraordinary player, but we cannot think about Ronaldo from now on. I have a fine squad, we simply must realise that we can’t just dominate every match. We need to come together and this will help us for the future.
“I am optimistic, always.”