Following Juventus’ 1-1 draw on Saturday evening with Genoa, Massimiliano Allegri was clear and direct in his analysis, as he always is.
“We took our foot off the gas after making a good start to the second half,” he said after the match.
The coach continued: “They did well to stay in the game and they capitalised on our loss of concentration to equalise.
“After starting well, we were thinking too much about the game with Manchester United – sometimes frenzied and other times asleep.
“Genoa to be fair to them did well to stay in the contest and force us out of the game, something that has rarely happened for some time.”
Allegri was also keen to underline the mental aspect of his team’s performance: “We should have been more savvy – even after we scored, we were too rushed in trying to get the ball forward.
“We needed to stay focused and add to our lead. When they scored, we’d not really been at it for some time, but our reaction to the goal was good. We also did well in defence not to get caught out on the counter, but our play was a bit haphazard.”
In conclusion the coach added: “It’s a draw that’ll do us good – it keeps our feet on the ground and reminds us that you need to dig deep to win games.
“It’s a shame because this month is when the league gets into its stride and teams start racking up points – that’s why it would have been good to win the game.
“These are matches that can decide how seasons shape up. However, this is football and results like this happen.”