After securing a solid 3-1 victory over Cagliari on Saturday, Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri was quick to identify areas for the Italian Champions.
Speaking about Juventus’ performance so far this season, Allegri said, “It’s not easy to win 10 out of 11 matches.”
“We got off to a good start but weren’t able to add a second and then we disappeared from the game a little,” he added.
Talking about the match, Allegri said that Juve took many things for granted.
“We must do better defensively in our own half. We take too many things for granted. We assume we’ll score two or three goals every game but we can’t always do that. We have to be capable of grinding out 1-0 wins too,” Juventus coach.
Allegri added, “We need to keep clear heads at all times, otherwise we can concede from the opposition’s first cross and then almost concede another from Cagliari’s only chance in the second half. It’s one of the few things we’re not doing so well and we must work on it and concentrate more.”
The Juve boss also said that now they can shift their focus to Manchester United games.
“Now we can focus on Manchester United. We must try to secure our place in the next round on Wednesday and then end this run of matches with a good result at AC Milan before the break,” he asserted.
Explaining his substitution in Saturday’s game, Allegri said Pjanic was feeling a bit tired and Blaise Matuidi had picked up a knock. Allegri gave an update on the treatment room ahead of the midweek Champions League clash.
“Douglas Costa had a muscle problem, [Miralem] Pjanic was starting to feel a bit tired and [Blaise] Matuidi picked up a knock,” Allegri said, before adding, “[Giorgio] Chiellini will be available on Wednesday and [Federico] Bernardeschi should be too. As for [Mario] Mandzukic, we need to take a look at his ankle and assess him,” he said.
He also heaped praises on Rodrigo Bentancur.
“Rodrigo has come on loads and Pjanic is helping him with his distribution. He reads the game well and is good at winning the ball back high up the pitch. He’s young and he’s improving all the time,” said Allegri.