Allegri: ‘Kean mustn’t lose way’

by | Mar 30, 2019 19:18

Max Allegri insists he was right not to start Moise Kean against Empoli, even though he came off the bench to score the Juventus winner.

The 19-year-old is on stunning form right now and fresh from scoring his first two senior Italy goals against Finland and Liechtenstein.

After getting the winning goal today, Kean said he aims to one day reach the level of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

Max Allegri insists he was right not to start Moise Kean against Empoli, even though he came off the bench to score the Juventus winner.

The 19-year-old is on stunning form right now and fresh from scoring his first two senior Italy goals against Finland and Liechtenstein.

After getting the winning goal today, Kean said he aims to one day reach the level of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

“It’s only right to have ambition when you are training with Juventus and surrounded by these champions. The difference at this level is mentality and he needs to above all be professional over time, be ready to work hard and improve every day.

“He’s got the characteristics and the quality to be a great player, but so did many lads who lost their way over the years,” the Coach told Sky Sport Italia.

When Paulo Dybala pulled out in the warm-up, was he tempted to introduce Kean rather than Rodrigo Bentancur?

“No, because scoring two goals for Italy in as many games, having all that attention, it uses up a lot of energy both physically and mentally. He returned from international duty and looked like he barely knew where he was.

“We had a few players who were tired after international duty and you need to share out the effort in these situations.

“Dybala had a knock during international duty and he felt the muscle harden during the warm-up, so we decided not to risk it.

“We struggled in the first half and couldn’t get a grip on Empoli’s shape, but we changed some things and had an excellent second half, not allowing them a shot on goal.

“Empoli were very aggressive early on and we showed patience, waited for them to drop and raised our tempo, revving up the engine. Sometimes you need to do that, it’s not that because we are Juventus, we automatically win every game.

“It’s never easy after the break for international duty and it was good that we won like this, 1-0 with a struggle to get the points. It’s another step forward.

“We had prepared Dybala between the lines, but losing him at the last minute, I had to make some changes. I decided to wait until half-time to make the necessary adjustments, as it was quite difficult to get the message across.

“Now we have seven games in 20 days and fortunately we are recovering some players who can give us a big hand.”

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