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Allegri: Juventus’ Scudetto dream is over

 

Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri conceded his side’s Serie A title chances had evaporated after their 1-0 home loss against Inter.

The home side controlled the majority of the contest, finishing with 23 shots compared to just five from Inter, but could not find the back of the net.

The decisive goal was drenched in controversy as Hakan Calhanoglu’s penalty was saved in first-half stoppage time.

The rebound was scrambled in before VAR, and the referee decided other players had entered the box too early, leading to the penalty being retaken.

Calhanoglu made no mistake the second time around, slamming his shot into the bottom-left corner for what ended up being the match-winner.

Allegri said the result marked the end of Juventus’ hopes of competing for this year’s Scudetto.

Speaking to DAZN after the loss, Allegri said:

“From now on, we can say that Juventus are definitively cut off from the Scudetto.

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“Now we have to score as many points as possible for fourth place and then prepare to get off to a good start next year to win the championship.

“We got off to a bad start, and we have recovered many points, but in the decisive matches, the [results] have condemned us.”

Despite the bleak outlook, Allegri was complimentary of his side.

“[It was] a good match – a good performance – we created a lot and shot a lot on goal,” he said.

“Too bad for the defeat, [but] there is room for improvement.

“We have to see the glass half full – the boys have grown up, and we have become an important team. We have to work on the technical improvement of the team and try to score as many points as possible… Roma is only five points [behind us].”

Despite Inter now sitting in third place, trailing both AC Milan and Napoli by three points, Allegri declared the Nerazzurri the favourites from here.

“I think Inter are favourites – [they have] the simplest schedule of Milan and Napoli,” he said.

“For [Inter], it was an important obstacle to win here. Now they will play it all the way and remain the favourites.”

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