Allegri moans Juventus’ ability to close out games

EMPOLI, ITALY - OCTOBER 27: Massimiliano Allegri manager of Juventus FC shouts instructions to his players during the Serie A match between Empoli and Juventus at Stadio Carlo Castellani on October 27, 2018 in Empoli, Italy. (Photo by Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images)

Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri has revealed his disappointment at his team’s inability to close out games.

The Italian champions contrived to dominate their UEFA Champions League fixture against Manchester United yet throw away a lead late in the game to succumb to a 2-1 defeat, and throw their group wide open again at the same time

Speaking after the game, Allegri said, as quoted by BlackWhiteRead:

“It’s a disappointing defeat because the team played well. We need to improve our finishing because we never manage to finish games off when we’re in control.”

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The introduction of Marouane Fellaini changed the game for United, but despite knowing the threat they faced from the Belgian, Juve still failed to kill off the threat.

“We knew with Fellaini on that we had to avoid giving away free kicks, but we’re doing that too much this season, giving away a lot of free kicks.

“The only way Manchester United were ever going to score was from set plays and we gave them the opportunities.”

“The game is so quick, so fast these days. It would take 10 seconds for somebody to say something to the referee,” he added.