Football

Angry Allegri

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri was an embroiled in a heated exchange with Italian coaching icon Arrigo Sacchi after his team's 1-0 loss to Atletico Madrid yesterday morning (Singapore time).

Former AC Milan boss Sacchi, who was a pundit on Mediaset telelvision, said the Italian champions were too negative and had played for a draw in their Champions League Group A match.

Allegri riposted that Sacchi must have been "watching a different game."

"Either you were watching a different game, or I've seen a different one," Allegri said.

"You and I have two different footballing philosophies. We were trying to limit Atletico's strengths by controlling the ball. We had a lot of possession."

POSSESSION

Sacchi responded by asking if possesion football equated to playing for a draw, to which Allegri said: "No, we played to win. We just didn't manage it.

"We played a good game technically and didn't concede much.

"It wasn't easy because they defend well and don't give you much room.

"We had three or four big chances in the first half and we just got a few passes wrong."

In the lead-up to the match, the Juventus coach had said it was "in the club's DNA to play to win matches" and he would strive for nothing less.

Former Juventus midfielder Alessio Tacchinardi felt that "a draw would have been a fairer result" while striker Fernando Llorente felt his side "deserved more".

But goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon felt that Juventus have to start taking more risks away from home.

He said: "It was an even game where we didn't create a great deal, but we didn't play badly either.

"We could have got a draw out of it, but now we've got to look at how we can improve away from home, where we need to cause a few more problems than we are doing.

"We've got to be more daring, even if we then take into account that we risk conceding more.

"Then we'll see where it gets us in the end." - Wire Services.

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