Allegri defends Juventus players after Genoa defeat

Allegri defends Juventus players after Genoa defeat

Juventus coach Max Allegri defended his players after their defeat to Genoa on Friday night.

Paulo Dybala put Juve ahead, but Albert Gudmundsson and Domenico Criscito, via a last-gasp penalty, earned the points for Genoa.

“More than angry, I am disappointed not to win a game that was on the right track. We should've scored a second goal and didn't," Allegri told Sky Italia.

“The thing we really need to work on, although admittedly the characteristics of the players aren't suited to it, is that once we had to take off Arthur, Minetti and Dybala, we didn't have any player who could dictate the tempo and slow the moves down. We only had counter-attacking players and it was end-to-end stuff. When you waste so many chances, you are going to be punished."

He also insisted: “I am sad to lose, but in terms of the table, at least it didn't make much difference. Now we have the Coppa Italia and absolutely cannot make the same mistakes there.

“Arthur had been out for a while, Cuadrado was just coming back and had an hour in his legs, so we had to try to balance the playing time and reach Wednesday in the best condition."