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    14.12.2014 16:02 - in: Serie A S

    Allegri: “Didn’t take first-half chances”

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    The Juve boss gave his take on his side’s draw with Sampdoria, a result that brought a run of 25 consecutive victories to an end

    “It’s a shame not to have got the three points, but the lads did all they could to win. We have to accept it. We had a great first half, though we did have more difficulty after the break and Buffon had to make a fantastic save,” began Allegri.

    Today’s result was the first draw at Juventus Stadium since the Bianconeri shared the spoils with Cagliari back in May 2013. Juve’s stunning run of consecutive home victories was always going to come to an end at some point, and Samp are the team to have done it.

    “We couldn’t have kept up the level we showed in the first 50 minutes for the entire game. We didn’t take out first-half chances. They defended well, and then in the second half they shut up shop to play on the break. It’s always tough to play against that type of system.

    “The team gave everything they had – they’ve been playing a lot of matches with a high level of intensity. We would’ve liked to have won, but we’re still on top of the league table and that’s the most important thing,” continued the Bianconeri coach.

    Allegri bemoaned his side’s defending in the run-up to the Sampdoria goal, but was quick to point out that it was attacking profligacy – not defensive mistakes – that cost Juve today:

    “At times we were defending too deep. We should’ve committed a foul in the build-up to their goal. We should’ve defended it and not conceded that type of goal. Having said that, we cost ourselves the victory in the first half by not converting all the chances we created,” concluded Allegri.

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