Serie A

Allegri blames a lack of teamwork on Empoli defeat

August 29, 2021 - 11:02 am

Max Allegri has claimed that his Juventus players lacked cohesion in their bid to beat Empoli yesterday.

The Old Lady were downed 1-0 at the hands of the Azzurri yesterday, in a performance that didn’t really warrant anything more, meaning that we will now head into the international break with just the one point from our opening two fixtures.

The manager insists that we did start the match in good stead, but they stopped working together as they chased the result.

“We started off well but conceded from our first mistake then stopped playing as a team, handing space and the initiative to Empoli,” Allegri said after the final whistle(via

“We should have played as team, not individually. We needed to fill the box better but we made lots of technical errors because our play became frenetic.

“You have to manage the game and the ball differently and you have to be patient when defending, because if you rush around trying to win back possession you leave gaps for the opposition.”

Our side was definitely struggling for ideas, and there was little understanding when trying to find and create gaps in the defence, while some players opted to tried to take a chance on their own, which is what the manager must mean.

It was a painful watch seeing our players working alone, and there is definitely work to do to fix our issues in the coming weeks.


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    Frankie August 29, 2021 at 12:23 pm

    Seriously, at what point in his career will this manager admit he made mistakes before and during a game. Today he starts with McKennie as attacking mid behind a forward line with no striker to hold up the ball. Danilo in central midfield with 84% passes completed. Bernadeschi coming on to do what exactly? Cuadrado off for De Sciglio when the game had to be won. Brought Locatelli on too late…This loss is down to Allegri – failed to select the right formation and failed to motivate the players – Juve should not lose to a newly promoted team in round 2!!!!!

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      Francesco August 29, 2021 at 1:29 pm

      I agree with you