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Allegri denies he is angry with Emery … but it is a plague against the Villarreal bus

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri praised the performance of his players despite the slap they received against Villarreal (0-3), Wednesday, in the Champions League knockout stages. He regrets the defensive style of his opponents without blaming his counterpart Unai Emery.

As in 2020 (Lyon) and 2021 (Porto), Juventus stopped in the knockout stages of the Champions League in 2022. The Italians fell from a very high position, and lost hard at home (0-3) against Villarreal, Wednesday in the second leg. (1-1 in the first leg). A slap formed at the end of the match by scoring three Spanish goals in the last quarter of the hour. Before that, Massimiliano Allegro thought his team was playing well. He also saluted his forces, criticizing the hesitation of his opponents.

“How would I do if I could play the match again? Just like the boys did tonight, he said. The team played well for 75 minutes, Villarreal put everything behind and couldn’t unblock the match just while playing.” Refers to the penalty awarded by Daniele Rugani for a foul on Francis Coquelin.

‘I wasn’t mad at Emery’

On the other hand, the Italian technician denied his anger at his counterpart Unai Emery, despite the tension that appeared on him at the final whistle. “Who was I angry with? No one, not against Emery whom I congratulate for having a good game, he swept. I was angry in general. It’s football, and sometimes it goes with you or against you. They put nine players. Behind the ball line, they didn’t come looking for us. anymore, their goal was to lengthen the game or take every opportunity. We were naive to beat the first penalty kick, Rugani had a good game and then we lost the field a little bit, we had to manage better because there was still a quarter of an hour left, we couldn’t get it back We conceded two more goals.”

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Juventus are now heading towards their last two goals of the season: the Coppa Italia (winning the semi-final first leg against Fiorentina) and securing a place in the top four in Serie A (currently fourth). He concluded on a positive note: “We must immediately think about the championship because if we put aside the disappointment in this match for a moment, we are still doing well.”