Juventus Didn’t Trouble Ajax Enough – Max Allegri
Juventus boss Max Allegri explained how Ajax got away from the Juventus tactical trap, saying “We didn’t create enough problems for them.”
Cristiano Ronaldo’s diving header was cancelled out by a David Neres strike within 40 seconds of the restart, with the game in the balance ahead of the second leg in Turin.
“Ajax are in the quarter-finals, pass it very well in tight spaces and push a lot of men forward. They were pressing us hard and created spaces, but we didn’t hit them on the counter as much as we should’ve done.
“I don’t think we were distracted on the goal, but we did concede straight after the break and Ajax gained confidence, while we were a little in shock.
“I introduced more technically-gifted players, as it was time to work our way out of their pressing with more precision and technique.
“Bernardeschi and Matuidi had some good runs early on and Ajax go forward in so many that they leave few behind to defend, so we should’ve made more of those situations.”
Max Allegri was asked why
Frenkie De Jong had so much freedom to play in the Ajax midfield.
“Ajax usually move De Jong over to their left, our right, so Bernardeschi was meant to go and get him. He figured that out and wandered over to the other side, so one of our strikers had to pick him up. De Jong is where the Ajax moves start from.
“They had so many players on yellow cards, and are aggressive so make some risky tackles, but we didn’t create enough problems for them with our through runs. Their central midfielder struggle and the goal came from an opening with Ronaldo through the middle, who then spread it wide and got on the end of the cross.”
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