Allegri talks about Sampdoria loss

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The Bianconeri boss admitted his men lost their composure.

Juventus head coach Massimiliano Allegri admitted his side simply lost control in their 3-2 defeat to Sampdoria. The loss definitely hurt the Old Lady’s plans as the distance between them and Serie A leaders Napoli increased to four points.

Allegri’s men were the better side during the first half, but Higuain and Cuadrado missed a couple of good chances. Meanwhile Sampdoria attempted only one shot in the first 45 minutes, but took the second half by storm, scoring three goals in just 23 minutes. Even though Juve scored two back through Higuain and Dybala, they were not able to put things back to level before the final whistle.

“We needed patience after going 1-0 down and not to lose our sharpness, as there were 40 minutes to go. Plenty of time to turn it around,” Allegri told Mediaset Premium.

“From a possible equaliser, we went 2-0 behind. That can happen too, but we cannot leave ourselves open to the counter. It is disappointing.

“This was an unexpected slap that really made us lose our cool. We should have been patient, even if things were not going our way. It is a long game, you have to stay calm.”

Allegri also noted the importance of Khedira’s actions for the decisive third goal.

“If Khedira had not stood there with his hand up appealing for offside, we would not have conceded the third goal,” the Italian added.

“It was a bit like [in the 2-2 draw with] Atalanta, as when we slow down the tempo, we run huge risks. We’ve got to patch things up.”