Juventus President Andrea Agnelli has backed his heavily criticized coach Massimiliano Allegri after the 2-0 defeat by Maccabi Haifa.
The club boss said of his coach: “He is the Juventus coach and he will remain so. I don’t decide whether someone has to give way or whether a decision has to be made to lead the team, it’s up to the coach.” Agnelli stressed that Allegri will stay “at least until the end of the season”.
Then he got clear and underlined: “When things are going well we talk about positive chemistry, but today it’s negative chemistry. Tonight I’m ashamed and angry. A situation like this isn’t about a person, it’s about it is a question of the group. Here we have to start again, knowing that we have a second part of the season.”
Allegri, who has been criticized, also commented on the current situation and explained: “We have to play as a team again, we play too individually. The attitude is not right.”
In Group H of the Champions League, the Bianconeri have only won one game in four games so far. This is offset by three losses. And in Serie A, too, things are anything but rosy for the old lady: 13 points from 9 games mean 8th place for the Italian record champions. Leaders Napoli are already ten points away from the Allegri team.
The 55-year-old Allegri has been back at Juventus since the summer of 2021 and still has a working paper that runs until 2025. Before that, he was on the touchline in 271 games at Juve from 2014 to 2019.