Al­le­gri hopes de­feat will wake up Juve from their slum­ber

New Straits Times - - Sport -

MI­LAN: Ju­ven­tus coach Mas­si­m­il­iano Al­le­gri said that his team were sleepy in the sec­ond half and that he hopes their 3-1 de­feat at AS Roma on Sun­day will shake them from their slum­ber.

Ju­ven­tus failed to get the point they needed to win Serie A for the sixth time in a row de­spite tak­ing a first-half lead against the sec­ond-placed side. They now need three points from their fi­nal two games to clinch the ti­tle.

“In the sec­ond half, I re­alised af­ter the first few passes that we were fall­ing asleep, we were gift­ing them the ball,” Al­le­gri told reporters.

“It will do us good be­cause we have to pick our­selves up again for Wednesday and then the game against Cro­tone,” said Al­le­gri, whose side meet Lazio in the Ital­ian Cup fi­nal to­mor­row.

“We did well in the first half but in the sec­ond, we dropped our lev­els of con­cen­tra­tion.”

Ju­ven­tus are chas­ing a league, cup and Cham­pi­ons League tre­ble and Al­le­gri has ro­tated the squad to keep his play­ers fresh.

They drew their pre­vi­ous league games against Ata­lanta and Torino.

“I don’t think the change of play­ers can ex­plain this re­sult,” he said. “We did well in the first half. You just have to re­mem­ber we were up against the sec­ond team in the com­pe­ti­tion.

“I think we let our guard drop and thought we’d done enough to take the re­sult home.

“The fact we drew with Ata­lanta and Torino, then lost here, it shows we’ve lost some­thing in terms of con­cen­tra­tion.”

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