Massimiliano Allegri was furious. After the embarrassing Champions League defeat at Maccabi Haifa (0:2), the Juventus coach immediately sent his players to the penalty training camp. Until the derby against FC Turin on Saturday, no professional is allowed to leave the Juve training ground Continassa.
“This is a duty towards the club, the fans and ourselves. We have to look each other in the eye, in the retreat we will have more time to work and to rest,” Allegri stressed.
He doesn’t think about resigning: “The challenge when things get difficult is all the nicer. We have to get out of this situation with courage, desire and great passion.”
Juventus is in the premier class before the end, and star player Angel Di Maria had to be replaced early due to an injury to his right thigh. The Argentine is feared to be out for at least a month.
“Juve at the Wailing Wall,” commented the Gazzetta dello Sport in reference to the bankruptcy in Israel. Of the Corriere dello Sport saw “Juve in chaos. If the team continues like this, they will trample on 125 years of club history. A team without identity and self-confidence cannot call itself Juve.”
Club President Andrea Agnelli was outraged. “It’s one of the most difficult phases, I’m angry and ashamed, we have to apologize to the fans,” he said, but he wants to hold on to Allegri: “There is no individual responsibility, it’s a group problem. Allegri is and will remain Juventus coach.”