Massimiliano Allegri has full confidence in his Juventus team as they are changing their campaign and fighting for the Serie A title after falling 2-1 at Napoli.
Juve’s slow start in Allegri’s second period continued on Saturday with second-half goals from Matteo Politano and Kalidou Koulibaly that allowed Napoli to win by comeback.
The bianconeri, leading with Alvaro Morata’s goal in the 10th minute, failed to win any of their first three league games for the second time in 52 Serie A seasons.
The late defeat on Saturday also means that Allegri has failed to win any of his last eight league games at the helm of Juve, regardless of a two-year sabbatical.
Having picked up just one point in the first three games of the 2021-22 season, six-time Scudetto winner Allegri is adamant that his side will strengthen.
“I have a lot of faith in this group. I know they will make up for lost ground, “he said.” This group is destined to grow thanks to the blows taken.
Tonight’s defeat was different and we have to put it behind us soon. “
After taking advantage of a mistake by Kostas Manolas to take the lead in Naples, Juve themselves have given their opponents – who now have three wins out of three – a couple of goals.
Wojciech Szczesny parried Lorenzo Insigne’s shot in Politano’s trajectory for the Napoli leveler and could only push a poor header from Moise Kean directly to Koulibaly for the winner in the final.
It is the first time since March 2010 that Napoli has recovered from a losing position to beat Juventus in the league and Allegri accepts that his team has not been good enough.
“I liked the team’s attitude in the first half, but in the second half Napoli took over. Sometimes they make you pay for individual mistakes, “he said.
“Szczesny does not lack calm. He made a maneuvering error today, but will be on the team on Tuesday.
“As for Kean, sometimes these things happen in football. We also conceded similar goals in Udinese and Empoli
“From a technical point of view we could have done better. We haven’t won yet, but now we’re starting to think about our next Champions League match. “
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The European confrontation with Malmö on Tuesday was followed five days later by a great clash with Allegri’s former AC Milan at the Allianz Stadium.
“We know that we need to be more lucid near the area, even if the team did what I asked them today from a tactical point of view against a good Napoli,” added Allegri.
“In football there is no room for mistakes. We have before us an important test that we must overcome so that it does not become a mental thing ”.
Juve, who were missing some key players on Saturday, made only eight shots in total against Napoli and no shots on goal in the second half.
That makes back-to-back blanks for the Bianconeri since Cristiano Ronaldo left the club to rejoin Manchester United, but Allegri reiterated that he is eager to move on from that high-profile exit.
“Ronaldo is part of the past, he made a choice,” Allegri said. “Now he’s gone. Juve let him go because you can’t keep a player against your will. “