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Allegri calls for patience ahead of Atleti tie

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Max Allegri has urged Juventus fans to be patient ahead of their Champions League clash against Atletico Madrid.

The Bianconneri secured a 2-1 win at Napoli in what was marred by controversial decisions. However, Allegri defended the match officials after he dismissed two players in the game.

Alex Meret received his marching orders after making contact with Ronaldo, while Pjanic who scored a delightful goal to give Juve the lead received a second yellow after the break.

Allegri’s men opened up a 16-point lead at the top after Lorenzo Insigne fired the spot-kick against the upright for a final 2-1 Juventus victory.

“I fell asleep, as I should’ve replaced Pjanic when he had the first card. He was at risk, but I didn’t expect him to handle,” Allegri told Football Italia.

“We lost some of our organisation, Napoli gained courage and the crowd pushed them forward. We had a chance to score another, but then we defended well and on the penalty Insigne missed.

“The rules, from what I’ve been told, state that Meret should be sent off whether he makes contact or not. The referee decided, as did the VAR. The referee had a good game and he read the situations well.

“However, we made far too many mistakes with our passing, we got too deep and allowed Napoli forward. On the positive side, we were able to suffer under pressure.

“I had put Bernardeschi behind their midfielders to help set up Mandzukic and Ronaldo, but we weren’t able to get those balls between the lines. After we took the lead and they went down to 10 men, I preferred to move things around.”

Allegri was asked about the Champions League, as Juve must overturn a 2-0 first leg defeat to Atletico Madrid on March 12.

“We’ll need a lot of patience, cool heads and focus in that game because we could end up at the 70th minute without a goal. That won’t mean we are eliminated.

“It’s important we shake off this pressure because this is a football match, it has to be played. We need to be more relaxed and take our chances.”

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