“Perhaps there was somebody round right here who thought we should always win this recreation Four-Zero.” Within the speedy aftermath of Tuesday evening’s 2-2 Champions League attract Turin between Juventus and Tottenham Hotspur, coach Massimo Allegri was fast to defend his staff. All too conscious that critics would possibly really feel this was a recreation that the Outdated Woman had allowed slip away – having been 2-Zero up after 9 minutes and having missed a penalty for a Three-1 half-time lead – Allegri was fast to argue that that is the Champions League, lads, and it’s not straightforward.
In a tone that blended frustration, anger and in addition satisfaction, Allegri noticed: “I merely don’t settle for that we must be depressed by a 2-2 attract a Champions League second spherical recreation. There are individuals right here who anticipate us to at all times win Three-Zero however anybody who thinks that wants physician. There’s nothing regular about successful [within the Champions League, it’s extraordinary. The Champions League is troublesome however, to this point, this staff has at all times delivered.
“We’ve acquired to look ahead now however I have been saying for the reason that day of the draw that we weren’t the favourites towards Tottenham. Sides like Man Metropolis, PSG, Actual Madrid and Barcelona are simply that bit above us.”
Many Italian critics argued that the sport had begun virtually too properly for Juventus. That explosive begin solely inspired Juve to drop again, defend their lead and within the course of permit Tottenham to dominate the sport. Intriguingly, Allegri rejected this interpretation, saying: “At the start, Tottenham had a little bit of a blackout however then we went from a doable Three-Zero to 2-1 and from a doable Three-1 to 2-2. This wasn’t as a result of we scored our targets too early, no we scored them on the proper second. The staff began properly however then we had problem holding onto the ball as a result of they have been good. Soccer provides and soccer takes…
“Perhaps there was somebody round right here who thought we should always win this recreation Four-Zero. Having acquired to 2 finals has possibly spoiled some individuals…Ultimately, nonetheless, it’s not as if we’ve simply misplaced Eight-Zero.
“It’s disappointing that we didn’t win however we’ve each probability of going to London and successful. It will likely be laborious to beat them on their very own turf however we are going to give it a go and you’ll solely win by being enthusiastic and optimistic.”
Allegri was proper to defend his staff in anticipation of a crucial media response to the sport. Inevitably, many commentators highlighted Gonzalo Higuain’s second, this time missed penalty. Inevitably, too, critics have been scathing of the style by which dwelling legend, goalkeeper Gigi Buffon, had arrange his defensive wall for the Christian Eriksen free-kick equaliser which can properly have determined this complete tie for Spurs.
La Gazzetta Dello Sport, nonetheless, noticed the sport as one which underlined some elementary variations between life in Serie A and life within the Premier League. Far too usually, Juventus can sleep stroll by means of a Serie A recreation however nonetheless win it, simply in the identical method that horses can sleep on their toes, argued Gazzetta.
Towards Spurs, nonetheless, there was no time for naps: “It was as if Juventus had underestimated the aggressive, highly effective urgent of Spurs. Once they tried to shake off this urgent, they discovered they have been trapped, incapable of both holding onto the ball or of constructing from the again. The possession stats for the sport, one thing like 70-30 in favour of the Londoners, says one thing in regards to the relative strengths on view.”
Each day La Repubblica, whereas acknowledging that ultimately issues had not gone properly for the Outdated Woman, nonetheless held out hope for the return leg, concluding: “Two critical errors weight closely on this consequence – the penalty that was crashed onto the crossbar and the badly set-up defensive wall. After which, there have been the opponents. Their defence is susceptible [and that may be a purpose for hope] however they’ve an excellent participant in Kane, and two helpful playmakers in Dembele and Eriksen, in addition to a dribble maniac in Lamela…
“Ultimately, the 2-2 consequence leaves [Spurs coach] Pocchettino happier than Allegri. If earlier than this recreation, it was a 50-50 affair, now it’s 60% in Tottenham’s favour as a result of Juve must go and win in London…Nevertheless, with a few gamers again within the staff [Matuidi, Dybala] and with a bit extra consideration, Juventus can nonetheless do it.”