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Allegri: “We should’ve done better”

March 14, 2015

Max Allegri praised his players maturity but believes Juve could have got more against Palermo this evening.

“It was not a simple match, but the lads showed their maturity in barely allowing anything for Palermo,” Allegri told Sky Sport Italia after the game.

“We could’ve and should’ve done better after going 1-0 up, though there was fatigue. It’s one more win towards the Scudetto.”

“We have to look at the reality of the situation. We need at least six wins and a few draws. This was an important brick in the wall, another clean sheet after we conceded for six in a row, and I already said that I like 1-0 results.

“Barzagli made an important comeback, while Paolo De Ceglie and Sturaro also did well on their debuts. We have all it takes to play our cards on Wednesday in Dortmund and to continue winning in Serie A.

“I always say that substitutions are decisive. At this stage of the season there is fatigue and in the final 20 minutes the tempo drops, so this is when it’s important to throw on pacey players who can break the game open.

“At this point the substitutes are almost more decisive than those who start a match.”

Allegri turned his attention to Alvaro Morata’s fantastic curler which ultimately won the game for the Bianconeri.

“It was a marvellous goal, the only time he attacked the centre-back. In Dortmund we will need to be more technical and aggressive.”

All the focus now is on Juve’s 2nd leg tie against Dortmund in Germany on Wednesday.

“That is going to be a very difficult game, but we have a good chance of qualifying for the quarter-finals.”

“Stefano Sturaro’s ankle is in bad shape, we’ll see if we get Andrea Pirlo back. Andrea Barzagli was a little tired at the end, which was understandable after eight months out. We are very happy to have him back.

“We will probably play with four at the back in Dortmund, though there is the possibility of playing with three.

“We know Borussia’s qualities, but it is also a game where we need to score at least one goal, probably two. That means a lot of balance, being in the match and having a bit of luck too.
“We have the right enthusiasm to face this challenge, seeing as we are so far ahead in Serie A. I will choose the line-up on Tuesday night.”


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