Max Allegri said ‘Juve lost intensity’ while Patrice Evra ‘Happy and disappointed’ following Juve’s 1-1 draw against Sampdoria.
“I think there should’ve been more stoppages, especially with substitutions and time-wasting. We have to accept it,” the Coach told Sky Sport Italia.
“It was a shame we didn’t win, as we dominated the first half with so many chances. We struggled more after the break, Buffon made a great save and we were unable to bring home the victory after doing everything we could. You can’t play 90 minutes the way we did the first 55. We created so many opportunities, didn’t allow Sampdoria anything and should’ve made more of our chances. Samp are very dangerous on the counter-attack and we conceded on that situation. It’s a pity. The team gave its all and was coming off several games played at a high intensity.
“We remain top of the table and that is what counts.”
The Juve coach was also asked about the introduction of Kingsley Coman over Andrea Pirlo.
“At that moment I preferred an extra striker and maintain solidity, as Samp were still alive on the counter. Coman is rapid and physical, so could cause them problems. There were six against four on the goal, so we could’ve comfortably defended against that. It’s a shame.”
Meanwhile, Patrice Evra spoke about his first goal in Juve colours and Juve’s wasted chances.
“My goal would’ve counted for more if we had won,” the ex-Manchester United star told JTV.
“I am happy to have scored, but disappointed by the result, as we had the game in hand during the first half. If we’d scored another goal, it would’ve been over. We had talked before the game and wanted to start all guns blazing. At the end of the day we did it, but missed the second goal and paid for that in the second half. We are disappointed, but still top of the table and are focused on the next match. Juve must begin again as winners. We dropped two points and need to beat Cagliari next week. Juve have incredible character, so I have no doubts we’ll achieve our aims. I dedicate the goal to my sister Annette and fitness coach Marco Luison, who made me work hard when I was injured.”
Beppe Marotta was also quizzed about the possibility of Carlos Tevez returning to Argentina but was quick to reassure reporters.
“I have to say at this moment there is no reason for alarm, because he is very happy here, had the chance to rehabilitate himself as a professional and achieve great results as a consequence,” Marotta told Sky Sport Italia.
“In my view there’s no reason to think of a divorce. It’s only logical that an Argentinean man will sooner or later want to become a protagonist again in his own country.”