Allegri Admits Poor Second Half Cost Juventus 2017 UCL Title

Allegri Admits Poor Second Half Cost Juventus 2017 UCL Title

Juventus manager, Massimiliano Allegri, has blamed his team's poor second half showing for their 4-1 defeat to Real Madrid in the final of the 2016/2017/UEFA Champions League in Cardiff, Wales on Saturday, Completesportsnigeria.com reports, 

Mario Mandzukic cancelled out Cristiano Ronaldo's opener in the first half, an thereafter Juventus were a shadow of themselves in the second half as Madrid ran riot to emerge winners.

Three more goals from Ronaldo, Casemiro and Marco Asensio earned Madrid their 12th Champions League title in history.

Commenting after the loss, Allegri who was in charge of Juventus when they lost 3-1 in the 2015 final to Barcelona, confessed that his team could not match Madrid's intensity in the second period of the game.

"In the 1st half we played beautifully; in the 2nd, Real Madrid pressed the accelerator and we weren't able to respond," Allegri said during his post-match press conference.

Juventus have now lost their four Champions League finals (1997, 1998, 2003, 2015) since they last won it in 1996.

 

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