22 August 2021
Massimiliano Allegri spoke after the draw in Udine: “Unexpected things happen: this is football too. In the first half we were in control, and we had to control the ball better. Then we didn't know how to manage the unexpected, and this is a lesson that we must take home with us.
“The performance was good, but in football the only thing that counts is winning and knowing how to read the match moments. In the second half, we lost two or three too many balls in midfield, perhaps also due to the heat and the conditions at the beginning of the season. In any case, you can't concede such a goal, especially when you haven’t conceded a shot on goal, like tonight. When we win the ball, due to the characteristics of the players, we have to quickly conquer the space: this evening we did it.
“Szczesny is a great goalkeeper: sometimes, however, throwing him in the stands is not too bad… Locatelli? He can play both as a playmaker and as a midfielder, depending on how the midfield will be deployed. He is just a little bit behind in his form. Cristiano is fine, we talked to each other and we thought about the situation of the team. He made himself available when he entered the field and he did very well.”